'super-earth' Atmosphere Measured

The atmosphere of a relatively nearby extrasolar planet - just three times bigger than Earth - has been measured in a pioneering experiment.

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  • Reach for the Stars: How hot is too hot? You may not want to visit ... - MassLive
    ... a radius twice that of Earth and a mass eight times greater, it is considered a super-Earth, a ... is that the planet lacks a large atmosphere ...
    05/18/2016 - 5:56 am | View Link
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  • ‘Super-Earth’ Prospect for a Habitable World?
    But the mission didn’t produce information about Kepler-62f’s composition or atmosphere or the shape of its orbit. Shields collaborated on the study with astronomers Rory Barnes, Eric Agol, Benjamin Charnay, Cecilia Bitz and Victoria Meadows ...
    05/31/2016 - 6:02 am | View Link
  • Super-Earth Exoplanet Kepler-62f has Oceans and Probably Life
    To find-out if Kepler-62f could sustain life, the team drew-up scenarios about what its atmosphere might be like and what the shape of its orbit might be. It found there are multiple atmospheric compositions that allow Kepler-62f to be warm enough to have ...
    05/28/2016 - 3:01 am | View Link
  • Reach for the Stars: How hot is too hot? You may not want to visit 'Super Earth' exoplanet
    This indicates that heat is not being distributed around the planet very well. One explanation is that the planet lacks a large atmosphere and winds to transport heat. This would make sense, as the planet is so close to its star that you would expect any ...
    05/18/2016 - 2:06 am | View Link
  • First Super-Earth Atmosphere Detected
    55 Cancri-e was once touted as one of the most exotic exo-planets ever discovered. Mass and radius modelling led some astronomers to speculate that its interior could be rich in carbon. And that much carbon crushed together under extreme pressure = diamonds.
    02/17/2016 - 6:03 am | View Link
  • Astronomers detect atmosphere of a distant, diamond-like super-Earth for first time
    Astronomers at London’s University College London made cosmic history this week, announcing the discovery of hydrogen and helium gas within the atmosphere of a distant super-Earth known as 55 Cancri e. According to findings published in the ...
    02/16/2016 - 9:01 am | View Link
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  • First Detection of Gases in Super-Earth Atmosphere
    The first successful detection of gases in the atmosphere of a super-Earth reveals the presence of hydrogen and helium, but no water vapour, according to UCL researchers.
    05/28/2016 - 12:43 pm | View Website
  • First Super-Earth Atmosphere Detected
    “This result gives a first insight into the atmosphere of a super-Earth. We now have clues as to what the planet is currently like, how it might have formed and ...
    02/17/2016 - 1:57 pm | View Website
  • Scientists have sniffed the atmosphere of a 'super-Earth ...
    For the first time, astronomers have detected the atmospheric makeup of a 'super-Earth' — the most common type of planet in our galaxy.
    02/17/2016 - 8:49 am | View Website
  • Astronomers sample atmosphere on super-Earth for the first ...
    Astronomers have for the first time analyzed the gases in the atmosphere of a super-Earth, revealing the presence of hydrogen and helium, but no water vapor.
    02/16/2016 - 11:09 pm | View Website
  • What's in a 'super-Earth' atmosphere? Scientists detect ...
    Scientists used a camera on the Hubble Space Telescope to analyze the atmosphere of a 'super-Earth' exoplanet for the first time. What could it tell us?
    02/16/2016 - 8:24 pm | View Website
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