SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Snow Globe, Swan Nebula, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Snow Globe, Swan Nebula, More
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December 4, 2008--Three Dutch undergraduates discovered this extrasolar planet, which is about five times larger than Jupiter. The planet, named OGLE2-TR-L9b, is the first to be found orbiting a fast-rotating hot star, and the star is the hottest ever detected to have a planet.

The students were learning to build search algorithms. When they tested their algorithm on a large dataset, the search turned up information about the new planet.
—Image by ESO/H. Zodet
 
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