Huge, Puffy Extrasolar Planet Located

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That about says it all. It’s 70 percent bigger than Jupiter, which makes it the largest planet ever found, but it’s only 3/4 as massive. “That means the alien planet is about as dense as balsa wood or cork, said [Georgi] Mandushev, who is part of a planet-hunting team known as the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey.” It also whips around its parent planet once every 3 days. Gorsh, that’s fast. And where was I when they were choosing up planet-hunting teams?

Reminds me of the rumor that an early version of the Alien3 screenplay was set on a planetoid made entirely of wood. Apparently this idea was scrapped when someone observed that, cool as it was, it made no sense.