'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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    New Horizons ready for Pluto flyby into new frontier - Orlando Sentinel
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    Nasa's Hubble Telescope Spots Hydrogen Cloud Around Exoplanet - NDTV
    06/25/2015 - 6:17 am | View Link
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    07/30/2015 - 6:23 pm | View Link
  • Is Earth's Closest Cousin a Dying Planet?
    As oceans of water pour into the atmosphere and Earth’s surface continues to cook ... There’s still a chance 452b is a gas world— a ‘mini-Neptune’ rather than a ‘super-Earth’ — and if that were the case, it’d make the chances of life ...
    07/30/2015 - 12:27 pm | View Link
  • An Exceptional Planetary System Discovered in Cassiopeia by Astronomers of UNIGE
    A super-Earth with terrestrial density revealed by Spitzer observations ... during the transit the light of the star crosses the atmosphere of the planet on its way to the observer, carrying over the spectral signature of the chemical species present ...
    07/30/2015 - 7:06 am | View Link
  • Around The Universe: New ISS Crew; Earth From Above; Pluto's Atmosphere; A Galactic Nursery
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    07/25/2015 - 6:18 pm | View Link
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  • Super-Earth or Mini-Neptune? Telling Habitable Worlds ...
    A super-Earth basks in the glow of its star in this artist’s impression. Is the world habitable and Earth-like with a watery atmosphere, or is it Neptune-esque ...
    07/30/2015 - 11:28 pm | View Website
  • Chthonian planet
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    07/30/2015 - 9:52 am | View Website
  • Clouds on the Super-Earth Exoplanet GJ 1214b
    Ever wondered what scientists can learn about planets outside our solar system? In this video, I describe my research on the super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b
    07/30/2015 - 7:29 am | View Website
  • 16 New Super-Earths Just Discovered
    Astronomers using Europe's HARPS telescope have discovered 50 new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars - including these 16 super-Earths, one of which lies within its ...
    07/29/2015 - 1:50 pm | View Website
  • APOD: 2013 September 10
    A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
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