UM professor helps discover a "toasty" new planet

Jul 11, 2017
Originally published on July 10, 2017 4:40 pm

There's a big new discovery in the world of astronomy.

And "big" is appropriate: it's a giant planet much like Jupiter, revolving around a star about 385 light years from the sun.

“We think we have an estimate of its temperature, somewhere around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. So it’s very toasty on this planet,” said Michael Meyer, a University of Michigan professor of astronomy who is part of the team that discovered this planet.

Meyer said he and his team want to “build a broad picture of what the most common planetary systems are like, and whether our own planetary system is odd.”

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