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Researchers find exoplanet with pi-like 3.14-day orbit

Posted On: 22 Sep 2020   |   Posted By: Astronomy Now

Researchers find exoplanet with pi-like 3.14-day orbit

Astronomers find an exoplanet with a pi-like orbit. This whimsical view was provided by MIT. Image: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle, Christine Daniloff, MIT
In a cosmic fluke of sorts, researchers have found an Earth-size exoplanet with a pi-like 3.14-day period. Whirling around its star at some 291,000 kph , the planet's surface temperature is estimated at around 176 degrees Celsius , just about right for baking an actual pie, says MIT.
The planet was found in data captured in 2017 by the Kepler Space Telescope's K2 extended mission and confirmed using SPECULOOS, a network of ground-based telescopes. A paper in the Astronomical Journal describing the discovery is titled: “π Earth: a 3.14-day Earth-sized Planet from K2's Kitchen Served Warm by the SPECULOOS Team.”
“Everyone needs a bit of fun these days,” said co-author Julien de Wit.
Catalogued as K2-315b, the planet represents the 315th solar system discovered in the K2 data, just one away from yet another pi...

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