Thursday, December 24, 2009

BCC member Philip Nutzman co-discovers SuperEarth!

Astronomer and Boylston Chess Club member Philip Nutzman was part of the Harvard team that recently discovered the exo-planet, GJ1214b, also known as a Super-Earth. The work was published in the premier journal, Nature. Only 40-light years away, this is the first "super-earth" with an observable atmosphere.

You can find a somewhat humorous artist's movie rendition of the planet here.

Size Comparison of GJ1214b to Earth and Neptune

Philip, can we get a cooler name, like Thoron, Cassia, or maybe Bh7!? Anyone have other suggestions for a name for this super-earth?

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