NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet System
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun.
The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring about one-third the size of Earth. It is smaller than Mercury, which made its detection a challenge.
And for the average Joe, here’s an artist’s illustration
Truly fascinating stuff, which Ynet just have to ruin with moronic captions and below average reporting.
Kepler 37b in comparison to the planets in our solar system (Photography: AFP)
Apparently, our solar system now includes Kepler 37b, 37c and 37d, and our moon is now a planet. This sure as hell isn’t a photograph, and crediting AFP for it (reminder, it’s NASA’s), while translating a Reuters article verbatim, is retarded.