An exoplanet, christened Wolf503b, was discovered by a team of German and Canadian stargazers at NASA. It is situated 145 light years away from the earth, and supposedly twice its size.
The Kepler Space Telescope made this wondrous discovery along with a few others, which are enumerated in detail in a study led by Merrin Peterson, an Institute for Research on Exoplanets (IREX) graduate who obtained her postgraduate degree in May.
How did they go about characterising it?
Locating it in the Virgo constellation, Peterson’s study noted that Wolf503b orbits its star every six days which means it is pretty close to it, about 10 times closer than Mercury is to the Sun.