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New ‘Super-Earth’ Found in Six-planet System

New Super Earth Found in Six-planet System

By: Virginia Gewin / cbc.ca / November 8, 2012

“An international team of astronomers has discovered what they are calling a new ‘super-Earth,’ which is seven times the size of Earth and has the right conditions to support life.

“Called HD40307g, the new planet exists in a zone of a nearby star and is part of a six-planet system.

“Scientists had already known about the star and its other three uninhabitable planets but after using an instrument that was more sensitive to wavelengths, they were able to discover another three, including the super-Earth.”

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