First Super-Earths Discovered Around Sun-like Stars

Astronomers say it’s a "neck-and-neck race" as to whether the first potentially habitable planets will be detected from the ground or from space, and today an international team of planet hunters announced they have discovered as many as six low-mass planets around two nearby Sun-like stars, using two ground-based observatories. This haul of planets includes two "super-Earths" with masses 5 and 7.5 times the mass of Earth.

Full article by Nancy Atkinson on Universe Today



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