In my continuing coverage of newly discovered extra-solar planets which at least I find interesting, another major coup has come with Corot 7b. This discovery came a few weeks back, but it is not like there are any other bloggers out there scooping me on this. And it isn't as if I am denying my loyal half-dozen readers of snappy comments for water cooler conversations on astrophysics.
Cosmologically speaking the cool thing is that this is the first rocky extra-solar planet found. All previous planets found have been gas giants, but this sucker actually has a surface. Since the whole cockamamie idea is to find another Earth-like planet, this is exciting. However, due to the proximity to its star scientists have deduced that the surface is covered with molten lava. This is further backed by radio telescopes picking up signals of an incredibly schlocky, melodramatic, "NooOOOoooOOOooo!"
Artist's rendition of the so called lava planet below.