Researchers at UCF have discovered a new planet using the Spitzer Space Telescope according to UCF Today.
In a paper to be published tomorrow in The Astrophysical Journal, lead author and researcher Kevin Stevenson, a recent Ph.D. graduate from UCF, said the new planet is a mere 33-light-years away.
The exoplanet candidate, named UCF 1.01, speeds around its star (GJ 436) in just 1.4 days and is two thirds the size of earth. At present, Stevenson does not believe the planet has a comfortable atmosphere and has a slightly less than desirable volcanic or molten surface.
Temperatures on the planet reach a balmy 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’ll need to back some extra suntan lotion.