Rocky! CoRoT-Exo-7b update with Malcolm Fridlund…via Facebook

10:15pmRui

found us a new home already? :)

10:16pmMalcolm

Not unless you like 2000K in the shadow :)

but it is indeed rocky :D

10:17pmMalcolm

and more rocky than Mars

10:17pmRui

you know that I’m from the south…I would be at home there…lol

how’s that?!

more rocky than mars?!

10:17pmMalcolm

more like Mercury, Venus or Earth.

10:17pmRui

wow…those are indeed hot news… :)

10:18pmMalcolm

yep, 1.6 earth radii and 5.8 earth masses is 5.7g cm-3

and mars is only 4 :(

10:18pmRui

hey…let me just get that straight… :)

10:18pmMalcolm

but as I said – a bit to sunny

10:18pmRui

good for a nice tan… :)

10:19pmMalcolm

well, for our next trick I want the same rock!

a bit further out

10:19pmRui

how’s that?

10:19pmMalcolm

so we keep looking :)

10:19pmRui

oh I see…

but no hints yet…

10:20pmMalcolm

nope, it took us 1 year of follow-up for this one

10:20pmRui

yes I know… :)

10:20pmMalcolm

and we have several candidates so we need to pick the right one

maybe there is one though.

10:21pmRui

several candidates on the same system, is that it?

10:21pmMalcolm

well, yes and no.

10:21pmRui

hum…

10:21pmMalcolm

There are more planets in the same system but they are Neptunes…

but we have more systems.

10:22pmRui

and in those are possible rocky candidates?

10:22pmMalcolm

the size is right – only need to find out if they are indeed planets.

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    • Magali
    • February 20th, 2011

    Malcolm, you’re just … fantastic! As David would have said :=)

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