'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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  • NASA Kepler K2 Mission Discovered Tiny Planet Called 'Super Earth' K2-3d With Potential Alien Life
    It is considered to fall within the habitable zone that enables it to hold liquid water and a fairly tolerable atmosphere making it suitable for life. K2-3d is the latest discovery by NASA's Kepler K2 mission. The mission discovered this tiny planet ...
    12/5/2016 - 7:50 pm | View Link
  • First detection of super-Earth atmosphere
    For the first time, astronomers have analyzed the atmosphere of an exoplanet in the class known as super-Earths. Using data gathered with the Hubble Space Telescope and new analysis techniques, the exoplanet 55 Cancri e is revealed to have a dry atmosphere ...
    02/16/2016 - 4:02 am | View Link
  • Hubble Studies 'Super-Earth' Atmosphere for First Time
    For the first time, a super-Earth's atmosphere has been analyzed -- but don't make any vacation plans to visit. ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser This artist's impression shows the searing hot surface of "super-Earth" exoplanet 55 Cancri e. NASA, ESA, G.
    02/15/2016 - 11:05 pm | View Link
  • First detection of super-earth atmosphere
    This artist's impression shows the super-Earth 55 Cancri e in front of its parent star. Using observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and new analytic software scientists were able to analyse the composition of its atmosphere. It was the ...
    02/15/2016 - 1:01 pm | 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 ...
    02/15/2016 - 12:41 pm | View Link
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  • Life Beyond the Earth
    Habitable Planets Chapter index in this window — — Chapter index in separate window This material (including images) is copyrighted!. See my copyright notice for ...
    12/7/2016 - 2:27 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 ice giants Uranus and Neptune, which are ...
    12/6/2016 - 1:28 am | 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."
    12/4/2016 - 4:01 am | View Website
  • Is Earth Our Solar System's Missing 'Super-Earth?'
    Thanks to the Kepler mission, we've learned that super-Earths -- planets larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune -- are our galaxy's most common. Why ...
    11/8/2016 - 11:27 am | View Website
  • Two super-Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby ...
    (Phys.org)—NASA's Kepler spacecraft continues its fruitful exoplanet hunt with the newest discovery of two super-Earth-sized alien worlds. The newly detected ...
    07/20/2016 - 8:55 am | View Website
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