December 15, 2010
The newly-discovered alien world Qatar-1b orbits an orange type K star 550 light-years from Earth. Qatar-1b is a gas giant 20 percent larger than Jupiter in diameter and 10 percent more massive. It circles its star once every 1.4 days, meaning that its "year" is just 34 hours long.
Topics: Human Interest, Environment, Extrasolar planets, Astronomy, Asia, Qatar, Star, Jupiter, Planetary science