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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Planet out in the Cancer Constellation is a Roller Derby Queen

A New Scientist article describes astronomers' discovery of a planet out in the constellation of Cancer which has more water than any other planet yet discovered.

Article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21189-astrophile-supercritical-water-world-does-somersaults.html

55 Cancri e the closest of 5 planets to it's star which is called 55 Cancri. Like a clingy Cancer, it is so close to it's star that it's year is only 17 hours and 41 minutes. I think that's the length of the average TED Lecture.

55 Cancri e e is more than twice the size of earth and has constantly changing orbit because it's star has a companion star which throws all ideas of gravitational pull whacky. That's another typical cancerian characteristic. Well, whacky. But also ever changing orbit.

55 Cancri e is 70 percent rock at the center and 30 percent water. Because of extreme temperature and pressure changes from all that rolling around, the water is called supercritical water and is in-between a liquid and a gas.

Article says that you couldn't really do any star gazing from this planet and sea creatures couldn't exist in it's waters because of the changing orbit.



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