Amazingly Close Planets Found


Two planets have been discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope that are orbiting the star Kepler-36 so come as close as 1.2 million miles every 97 days.  One is a so called "super-Earth" and the other is a gaseous planet about the size of  Neptune orbit this a 1,200 light-years from Earth. They are closer than any other known planets making make them visible to each other as disks instead of stars with Kepler-36c appearing Kepler-36b’s sky in  2.5 times the size as our moon as seen from Earth.

The two planets are about 30 times closer than any planets our solar system yet one has a density similar to Earth and the other has a density similar to that of Saturn. This is yet another failure of naturalistic planet formation theories and will likely force a reworking of both planet formation and migration theories.

 Kepler-36b

Kepler-36c

Diameter 1.5 x Earth Diameter 3.7 x Earth
Mass 4.5 x Earth Mass 8 x Earth
Year 14 Earth days Year 16 Earth days
Distance from star
11 million miles 12 million miles
17.7 million km 19.3 million km

References

Alien Planet Looms Large in Neighbor's Sky

Oddly Close Alien Planets Witness Huge 'Planetrise'

 

 

 

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