'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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  • 'Super Earth' with gassy atmosphere that could host alien life discovered
    A little-known planet beyond the solar system could be a scaled-up version of Earth, according to new research. Experts found that the distant exoplanet, known as K2-18b, is likely a 'super Earth' made up of rock, just like our own planet. K2-18b orbits ...
    12/5/2017 - 11:00 pm | View Link
  • Exoplanet could be 'super-Earth,' Canadian astronomers say
    Astronomers discover 'sunscreen' snow on distant exoplanet Discovery of 'monster' planet surprises ... Astronomy and Astrophysics said the next step will be to determine the atmosphere of K2-18b, since it's the most promising candidate for sustaining ...
    12/4/2017 - 7:40 pm | View Link
  • Astronomers spot lava-covered “Super Earth” that might somehow have an atmosphere
    Exoplanets — that is, planets we know exist outside of our own Solar System — come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some are super frigid, while others are boiling hot, and a few fall somewhere in between. A newly-discovered world called “55 ...
    11/17/2017 - 2:20 pm | View Link
  • Astronomers spot lava-covered “Super Earth” that might somehow have an atmosphere
    The result is a world with a lava-covered surface on one side and a hardened crust on the other, but observations made by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that the otherwise hostile planet may actually support an atmosphere a lot like Earth.
    11/17/2017 - 2:05 pm | View Link
  • A rocky ‘super-Earth’ is 39 light-years away
    Astronomers say they have pinpointed a potentially habitable planet that might offer our best chance of characterizing an alien atmosphere in the near future. The planet LHS 1140 b, described in the journal Nature, provides a tempting target for ...
    04/26/2017 - 1:05 am | View Link
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  • Planet
    A planet is an astronomical body orbiting a star or stellar remnant that is massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, is not massive enough to cause thermonuclear fusion, and has cleared its neighbouring region of planetesimals.
    04/17/2018 - 4:38 pm | View Website
  • Complete Archive for Astrobiology Press Release, News ...
    Complete archive for astrobiology press release, news excusive, news briefs, Also in the news, regarding our solar system, origin of life, our universe and beyond
    04/16/2018 - 5:22 pm | View Website
  • “Super-Earth” Identified Among Newly Discovered Exoplanets
    Researchers have discovered at least 15 new exoplanets orbiting small, cool stars near our solar system, including one “super-Earth” that could harbor liquid water.
    04/15/2018 - 6:35 pm | View Website
  • NASA's Kepler Discovers Its Smallest 'Habitable Zone ...
    NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone."
    04/12/2018 - 10:24 am | View Website
  • Atmosphere, Not Lava Flows, for Exoplanet 55 Cancri e ...
    Previous studies of 55 Cancri e haven’t been able to determine whether this super-Earth hosts an atmosphere. A new study settles the question.
    11/27/2017 - 3:59 am | View Website
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