'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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    There are a number of possibilities. A super-Earth could be just that: a bigger version of Earth—mostly rocky, with an atmosphere.
    10/15/2014 - 11:39 am | View Link
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    10/15/2014 - 2:56 pm | View Link
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  • Super-Earths
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    10/15/2014 - 3:48 pm | View Website
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  • Super-Earth
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    10/10/2014 - 4:23 pm | View Website
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    06/30/2014 - 11:10 pm | View Website
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