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Our stellar neighbourhood is getting crowded

November 15, 2018

A planet discovered orbiting the second closest stellar system to the Earth. Measurements from high-precision instruments reveal a…
Stuff that Planets Are Made of

October 9, 2018

UZH researchers have analyzed the composition and structure of far-away exoplanets using statistical tools. Their analysis indicates whether…
The Challenges of an Alien Spaceflight Program: Escaping Super Earths and Red Dwarf Stars

April 20, 2018

Since the beginning of the Space Age, humans have relied on chemical rockets to get into space. While…
Astronomers Track the Birth of a ‘Super-Earth’

July 13, 2017

A new model giving rise to young planetary systems offers a fresh solution to a puzzle that has…
Too close for comfort: Stars strip away the atmosphere of nearby super-Earths

April 12, 2016

Even a super-Earth can fly too close to the sun, according to a new study. An international team…
Astronomers find first evidence of changing conditions on a super Earth

May 5, 2015

Astronomers have detected wildly changing temperatures on a super Earth – the first time any atmospheric variability has…
Robotic telescope finds three new super-Earths by neighbouring star

April 30, 2015

Robotic telescope that is scanning the sky every night at Lick Observatory in USA discovered three planets, supersized…
Robotic telescope discovers three super-Earth planetary neighbors

April 29, 2015

Using a robotic telescope at Lick Observatory that scans the sky night after night, astronomers have discovered three…
Solar system had several super-Earths in early stages of development

March 24, 2015

New study claims that before Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars formed, the inner solar system may have harboured…
Super-Earths Have Long-Lasting Oceans

January 6, 2015

For life as we know it to develop on other planets, those planets would need liquid water, or…
Getting To Know Super-Earths

October 16, 2014

“If you have a coin and flip it just once, what does that tell you about the odds…
Gliese 15Ab: The Closest Known Super-Earth?

September 10, 2014

Our solar neighborhood is rich with planetary systems. Within 20 light-years we’ve detected sizzling gas giants and rocky…
“Neapolitan” Exoplanets Come in Three Flavors

June 3, 2014

The planets of our solar system come in two basic flavors, like vanilla and chocolate ice cream. We…
Update: Astronomers Find a New Type of Planet: The “Mega-Earth”

June 3, 2014

Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a new type of planet – a rocky world weighing 17…
Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World

June 3, 2014

Astronomers have discovered a rocky planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than…
‘Super-Earths’ may be dead worlds

February 27, 2014

In the last 20 years the search for Earth-like planets around other stars has accelerated, with the launch…
How abundant are Super-Earths?

December 4, 2013

The Keck Telescopes in Hawaii. Credit: NASA/JPL Our solar system hosts a cornucopia of worlds, from the hellfire…
Blue Light Observations Indicate Water-Rich Atmosphere of a Super-Earth

September 5, 2013

A Japanese research team of astronomers and planetary scientists has used Subaru Telescope’s two optical cameras, Suprime-Cam and…
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