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New Neptune-Sized Exoplanet Discovered With a Substantial Atmosphere Ripe for Study

9 Jun 2021, 09:29 UTC
New Neptune-Sized Exoplanet Discovered With a Substantial Atmosphere Ripe for Study ESO/M. Kornmesser

An international group of collaborators, including scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and The University of New Mexico, have discovered a new, temperate sub-Neptune sized exoplanet with a 24-day orbital period orbiting a nearby M dwarf star. The recent discovery offers exciting research opportunities thanks to the planet’s substantial atmosphere, small star, and how fast the system is moving away from the Earth.

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