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The first planet seen by the Cheops spacecraft is a extreme alien world

The first planet seen by the Cheops spacecraft is a extreme alien world

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Europe's new world-finder explored a tortured planet around a bright blue star. The European Space Agency's gleaming new exoplanet-chasing satellite Cheops (short for Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite) has mentioned its first large objective fact since dispatching in December, and its objective isn't actually the sort of spot you'd need to visit. Cheops' mission is to stare at close by stars and the planets circling them. Its first report is on the most splendid "hot Jupiter" recognized so far in the universe, a gas monster named WASP-189 b. "Only a handful of planets are known to exist around stars this hot, and this system is by far the brightest," said astrophysicist Monika Lendl at the University of Geneva, in an announcement. Lendl is lead creator of a paper on the newl...