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Astronomers Find Super-Earth Using Amateur, Off-the-shelf Technology
December 16, 2009
Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a "super-Earth" orbiting a red dwarf star, 40 light-years from Earth. They found the distant planet with a small fleet of ground-based telescopes no larger than those many amateur astronomers have in their backyards. Although the super-Earth is too hot to sustain life, the discovery shows that current, ground-based technologies are capable of finding almost Earth-sized planets in warm, life-friendly orbits.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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