Newly discovered planet really is a small world ... tiny, in fact2/21/2013
The pipsqueak of planets was recently discovered. If size matters in interplanetary relations, Kepler-37b doesn’t quite measure up to its peers. Lil Kep is now the smallest-known planet outside of our (that would be humankind) solar system, about a third the size of Earth and similar in size to our moon. Sorry to thwart your intergalactic colonial ambitions, space invaders, but astronomers believe Short Stack Kepler is a might too-toasty to support life — a Kate-Upton-kind-of-hot 700 degrees on its surface. Not to mention it lacks atmosphere and water. It’s also not very commuter-friendly, residing 210 light years away in the constellation Lyra. [Source]
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