'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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  • Russia charging NASA $70 million per rocket seat
    NASA is blaming Congress for the need to pay $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space. More
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    Virgin Galactic is one flight closer to becoming a commercial "spaceline." The company's passenger spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, completed its first rocket-powered flight Monday morning above the Mojave Desert in California. More
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    The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. More
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    The amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere could top 400 parts per million in May. More
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    One of the scientists who developed the theory of the Higgs boson says the particle should be renamed to acknowledge the contributions of others involved in the work. More
  • Super-Earth: Alien planet spotted - Daily Telegraph Australia
    ... involved with the study say this approach could help characterise the atmosphere of more hospitable Earthlike or super-Earth planets.
    12/13/2014 - 8:57 am | View Link
  • 'Super-Earth' Alien Planet Spotted by Ground-Based Telescope, a ... - Yahoo! News
    Super-Earth: Alien planet spotted - NEWS.com.au
    12/13/2014 - 7:52 am | View Link
  • Ground-Based Telescope Observes ‘Super-Earth’ 40 Light-Years ... - Photonics
    Queen's scientist leads study of 'Super-Earth' - Space Daily
    12/8/2014 - 4:15 am | View Link
  • Ground-Based Detection of Super-Earth Transit Paves Way to Remote ... - Big News Network
    Sunday 7th December, 2014 Astronomers have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a ... step in analyzing a planet's atmosphere, this
    12/7/2014 - 2:00 pm | View Link
  • Silhouette of 'super earth' detected for first time using ... - South China Morning Post
    ... be used to search for earth-sized worlds capable of supporting life. The "super-earth", known ... from space, where the lack of atmosphere ...
    12/6/2014 - 7:07 am | View Link
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  • 'Super-Earth' Alien Planet Spotted by Ground-Based Telescope, a First
    Finding Earthlike planets beyond our solar system has largely been the work of space-based telescopes, but new observations from a remote island suggest that could change. The Nordic Optical Telescope on La Palma — one of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa — observed 55 Cancri e, a planet twice the size of Earth, as it passed in front of its parent star and caused a dip in the star ...
    12/12/2014 - 12:30 pm | View Link
  • Ground-Based Detection Of Super-Earth Transit Paves Way To Remote Sensing Of Small Exoplanets
    Astronomers have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a bright, nearby Sun-like star using a ground-based telescope for the first time. The transit of the exoplanet 55 Cancri e is the shallowest detected from the ground yet. Since detecting a transit is the first step in analyzing a planet's atmosphere, this success bodes well for characterizing the many small planets that upcoming ...
    12/3/2014 - 11:51 pm | View Link
  • Ground-Based Detection Paves Way to Remote Sensing of Small Exoplanets
    This artist's conception shows the super-Earth 55 Cancri e (right) compared to the Earth (left). Astronomers using a ground-based telescope have measure the transit of 55 Cancri e for the first time. It is the shallowest transit ever detected from the ground. Image courtesy NASA/JPL.
    12/3/2014 - 11:04 pm | View Link
  • Detection of super-Earth transit puts ground-based telescopes in the hunt
    When you're hunting for exoplanets many light years away, the complications posed by the Earth's atmosphere can make the search incredibly difficult for ground-based telescopes. That's why space-based telescopes, such as Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler, are generally employed for the job. But now for the first time, astronomers have detected the transit of a super-Earth in front of a nearby Sun-like ...
    12/3/2014 - 7:37 am | View Link
  • Remote Sensing Of Small Exoplanets Using Ground-Based Telescopes
    April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of astronomers is the first to measure the passing of a super-Earth exoplanet in front of a bright, nearby Sun-like star using a ground based telescope . The study, published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters , reveals that the transit of 55 Cancri e is the shallowest detected from the ground to date. Detecting an ...
    12/2/2014 - 7:12 am | View Link
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  • Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away
    Density readings show that the planet is either very similar to our own (comprising around three-fourths water and one-fourth rock) or a gas giant with an extended atmosphere, like Jupiter. "HIP 116454b will be a top target for telescopes on the ground and ...
    12/20/2014 - 12:12 am | View Link
  • Not Done Yet: Kepler Alive and Well after Discovery of New Super-Earth
    The average density suggests that this planet is either a water world (composed of about three-fourths water and one-fourth rock) or a mini-Neptune with an extended, gaseous atmosphere." Kepler launched in March 2009, on a 3.5-year mission to find other ...
    12/19/2014 - 1:46 pm | View Link
  • Astronomers discover a new 'Super Earth' proving the Kepler spacecraft still has the right stuff despite malfunction
    These new telescopes will be able to see the atmospheres of these planets and search for chemical traces of life in the atmosphere. Using this new technology, it is believed we will discover life on other planets within the next two decades, assuming such ...
    12/19/2014 - 7:17 am | View Link
  • Kepler Spacecraft Discovers New ‘Super-Earth’
    The exoplanet’s density indicates that it is either a “mini Neptune” with a thick atmosphere or a water world. Astronomers confirmed the discovery with measurements taken by Telescopio Nazionale Galileo’s HARPS-North spectrograph in the Canary Islands.
    12/19/2014 - 4:15 am | View Link
  • Kepler Probe Spots HIP 116454b, a Super Earth 180 Light-years Away
    The astronomers believe that 75 percent of the new planet is water and rest rock. The planet is also believed to have gaseous atmosphere. HIP 116454b revolves around its star once in every 9.1 days and is 8.5 million miles away from its star. The finding ...
    12/19/2014 - 3:45 am | View Link
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  • Nearby Super-Earth May Be a Waterworld
    Using ground-based telescopes, astronomers have discovered a super-Earth made mostly of water.
    12/21/2014 - 1:21 pm | View Website
  • Super-Earth
    A super-Earth is an extrasolar planet with a mass higher than Earth 's, but substantially below the mass of the Solar System's smaller gas giants Uranus and Neptune ...
    12/20/2014 - 11:14 am | View Website
  • Super-Earths
    Kepler Mission, NASA Larger illustration. Super-Earths can have a surface layer of water or rock . Breaking News. On August 25, 2014, a team of astronomers submitted ...
    12/17/2014 - 4:44 am | View Website
  • Potentially habitable ‘super-Earth’ discovered ‘just ...
    Scientists have added a new planet to their Habitable Exoplanets Catalog, Gliese 832c, which orbits a nearby red dwarf star, receives the same average ...
    06/30/2014 - 11:10 pm | View Website
  • Alien Clouds Blanket Nearby 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet ...
    One of the best-studied nearby extrasolar planets — a body just a little larger than Earth — is swaddled in alien clouds, researchers have found.
    01/23/2014 - 5:50 am | View Website
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