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Exoplanetary Scratchpad

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System with a Kepler candidate planet 1500ly away. The amount of light blocked by this 15 hour period object appears to be variable, possibly indicating the planet could be rather cometary in nature. Models of its star at varying intensities match the observations. The heat would be capable of melting surface rocks and blowing them off with high winds. The planet would be Mercury-sized and could be completely vaporized in 200 Million Years. This planet could foreshadow the future of Mercury.

KIC 12557548 System Web Pages[]

KIC 12557548 System In the News[]

Rocky Planet Could Be Subliming (Jan 2012)[]

Potential Evaporating Planet (May 2012)[]

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