Anyway, a planet closest in size to Earth has been discovered. This is the latest in a line of planets that have been identified which successively smaller sizes, each one bringing with it a fanfare of excitement. It is quite a triumph considering that the first extra-solar planet was discovered only 11 years ago. It is still five times the mass of the Earth, and though I don't have the numbers, if it has a comparable denisty to Earth (speculation on my part, then you would experience just over 3 times the pull of gravity that you do on Earth.
This is all well and good but what really got me was in this BBC report.
The planet, which goes by the name OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, takes about 10 years to orbit its parent star, a red dwarf which is similar to the Sun but cooler and smaller.
So similar in what way exactly? In that its a star perhaps? Or maybe more basic: its kind or round and gives off light.
See that is why I get irritated with some science journalism?