Super-Earth Exoplanets

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Illustration of a rocky exoplanet and its star. The star is in the background at the lower left and appears somewhat, but not significantly, smaller in the sky than the planet. It has a bright orange-red glow, and appears to have an active surface. The planet is in the foreground to the upper right of the star. The left quarter of the planet (the side facing the star) is lit, while the rest is in shadow. The planet has hints of a rocky, partly molten surface beneath the haze of a thin atmosphere. The boundary between the day and night sides of the planet is fuzzy.

NASA’s Webb Hints at Possible Atmosphere Surrounding Rocky Exoplanet

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Researchers using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope may have detected atmospheric gases surrounding 55 Cancri e, a hot rocky exoplanet…

Article3 weeks ago

Discovery Alert: A ‘Super-Earth’ in the Habitable Zone

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A newly discovered 'super-Earth' dwells in the habitable zone of its parent star – and might have a roughly Earth-sized…

Article4 months ago

NASA Data Reveals Possible Reason Some Exoplanets Are Shrinking

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A new study could explain the ‘missing’ exoplanets between super-Earths and sub-Neptunes. Some exoplanets seem to be losing their atmospheres…

Article6 months ago
Where the Sun Sets Twice (Artist Concept)

Strange New Worlds

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A world with two suns, a lava planet, and a world trapped in eternal darkness are just some of the…

In this illustration super-Earth Kepler-138 d is in the foreground. To the left, the planet Kepler-138 c, and in the background the planet Kepler 138 b, seen in silhouette transiting its central star.

Two Super-Earths May Be Mostly Water

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Two exoplanets orbiting a red dwarf star may be "water worlds." They are 218 light-years away in the constellation Lyra,…

Article1 year ago

NASA’s TESS Discovers Stellar Siblings Host ‘Teenage’ Exoplanets

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Thanks to data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an international collaboration of astronomers has identified four exoplanets, worlds…

Article3 years ago