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Exoplanet around star Gliese 667 C

author: ESO/Novapix

reference: a-exo99-30100

Image Size 300 DPI: 25 * 17 cm

This artist’s impression shows a sunset seen from the super-Earth Gliese 667 Cc. The brightest star in the sky is the red dwarf Gliese 667 C, which is part of a triple star system. The other two more distant stars, Gliese 667 A and B appear in the sky also to the right. On 19 October 2009, the team who built the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, better known as HARPS, the spectrograph for ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope, reported on the incredible discovery of some 32 new exoplanets, cementing HARPS’s position as the world’s foremost exoplanet hunter. One of these is surrounding the star Gliese 667 C, which belongs to a triple system. The 6 Earth-mass exoplanet circulates around its low-mass host star at a distance equal to only 1/20th of the Earth-Sun distance.

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2009 - ASTRONOMY - ATMOSPHERE - EXOPLANET - EXTRASOLAR PLANET - EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE - GLIESE 667 - GLIESE 667 Cc - ILLUSTRATION - PLANET - SCORPIUS - STAR - TRIPLE STAR - WATER -