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 Jun 30, 2010 - 08:07 AM - by Michael
* Alien planet photographed

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The very first alien planet - a planet in another solar system - has been photographed directly rather than merely detected by measurement of its sun's orbit.

If you zoom in really, REALLY close, you can see a bunch of aliens holding up signs saying "Hi Mom."

The host star, which has an estimated mass of about 85 percent that of our sun, is located approximately 500 light-years away in a group of young stars called the Upper Scorpius Association that formed about 5 million years ago.

The planet has an estimated temperature of over 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit (about 1,500 degrees Celsius). This makes the planet much hotter than Jupiter, which has an atmospheric cloud-top temperature of approximately minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 110 degrees Celsius).

 

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