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Spitzer Detects a Steaming Super-Earth Eclipsing Its Star

26 Sep 2011, 20:00 UTC
Spitzer Detects a Steaming Super-Earth Eclipsing Its Star NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gathered surprising new details about a supersized and superheated version of Earth called 55 Cancri e. According to Spitzer data, the exoplanet is less dense than previously thought, a finding which profoundly changes the portrait of this exotic world.

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