First super-Earths discovered around Sun-like stars

Monday, December 14, 2009 - 14:49 in Astronomy & Space

Washington, D.C. -- Two nearby stars have been found to harbor "super-Earths"? rocky planets larger than the Earth but smaller than ice giants such as Uranus and Neptune. Unlike previously discovered stars with super-Earths, both of the stars are similar to the Sun, suggesting to scientists that low-mass planets may be common around nearby stars. Link:

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