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In the beginning of May 2007 the space telescope COROT, which was constructed to search for transiting planets, discovered its first planet. This although the telescope hasn't even begun with the regular search then. The Planet COROT-Exo-1b, which has 1.78 times Jupiter's diameter and 1.3 times its mass, orbits a sunlike star every 1.5 days. It is a typical 'hot Jupiter', like many planets discovered so far.
The measured data are of an exceptional high quality. Here is the light curve of the transit, i.e. the passing of the planet in front of the star:
light curve
Image: COROT exo-team

Constellation: Monoceros
Distance: 1500 light-years

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Graphic: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon

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