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The MindHut Guide to Visiting Exoplanets

ESO/L. Calcada


Corot 7-b

Corot-7b is closer to its star than any other known planet, so be prepared to break a sweat (or spontaneously combust). It's about 23 times closer to Corot-7 as Mercury is to our own sun, to give you some sense of its intimacy with its Momma star.This makes the year on Corot-7b exceptionally short, only 20 hours long, and it rockets around at a crazy 750,000 km/hour (almost 8 times as fast as Earth!). You could celebrate New Year's Eve once a day on this piping whirlwind.

What to bring: Sunglasses; fire extinguisher; champagne flutes.

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