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The planet, named CoRoT-Exo-4b, lies within the Unicorn constellation about 3,000 light years from our solar system.
Astronomers, who announced the discovery at a conference at the University of St Andrews yesterday, say it is impossible for the planet to sustain life, as it is made up mostly of gas and is far too hot. But they say it could hold the key to understanding more about the way stars and planets interact.

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A newly discovered planet seems to have a surprisingly powerful influence on its parent star, forcing the star to rotate at exactly the same rate as the planet orbits. The planet's day is also the same length, so the pair are fixed in a face-to-face whirl.
The puzzle is how this planet, called COROT-Exo-4b, could have so dominated the vastly larger star, which is bigger than our Sun.

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Scientists have discovered a new Jupiter-sized planet orbiting around a distant sun-like star.
This planet takes 9.2 days to orbit its star, the longest period for any transiting exoplanet ever found.

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A team of European scientists working with COROT have discovered an exoplanet orbiting a star slightly more massive than the Sun. After just 555 days in orbit, the mission has now observed more than 50 000 stars and is adding significantly to our knowledge of the fundamental workings of stars.
The latest discovery, COROT-exo-4b is an exoplanet of about the same size as Jupiter. It takes 9.2 days to orbit its star, the longest period for any transiting exoplanet ever found.

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Astronomers have discovered a new planet about the same size as Jupiter, it was announced today.
The planet, named CoRot-Exo-4b, was spotted by a European space mission.
It forms part of the unicorn constellation and lies about 3,000 light years from our solar system.

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