European satellite falling to Earth

GOCE Mission to End in 2013

Artist’s conception of the European Space Agency’s Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite in orbit. The $450 million satellite launched in 2009 to study Earth’s gravity field in unprecedented detail and will fall to Earth in 2013.
Credit: ESA /AOES Medialab

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Gigantic New Planet Discovered

Massive planet EIGHT times the size of Jupiter is discovered 25,000 light-years away – and could give clues to how planets form

(SOURCE)  A massive world 2,500 times the size of Earth has been discovered by an international team of astronomers.

Named MOA-2011-BLG-322, the planet is around eight times the size of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.

Astronomers believe it orbits a star 25,000 light-years away and has a mass that is one third that of our sun.

 
An artist's concept of an alien planet

A massive world 2,500 times the size of Earth has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. Pictured is an artist’s concept of an alien planet

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