Image Credit: M. Urzúa Zuñiga/Gemini Observatory; Inset: NASA

Ultra-short Period Planet Found by TESS and Confirmed with CHIRON

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a “hot Earth” in orbit around a star 45 light years away. The planet, which is only 30% larger than Earth, orbits very close to its star, with a period of just 11 hours. The discovery was confirmed using multiple facilities including the CHIRON spectrograph on the SMARTS 1.5m telescope at CTIO.

Read more in the paper posted on arXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.07242

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