|Posted on May 09, 2012 01:58:36 PM | John Entwistle | 5 Comments ||
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets.
The planet, called 55 Cancri e, falls into a class of planets termed super Earths, which are more massive than our home world but lighter than giant planets like Neptune. The planet is about twice as big and eight times as massive as Earth. It orbits a bright star, called 55 Cancri, in a mere 18 hours.
For more information about this discovery, visit http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/08may_superearth/
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