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New Planet Discoveries Suggest Low-mass Planets are Common Around Nearby Stars
December 14, 2009
An international team of planet hunters has discovered as many as six low-mass planets around two nearby sun-like stars, including two "super-Earths" with masses 5 and 7.5 times the mass of Earth. The researchers, led by Steven Vogt of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, said the two "super-Earths" are the first to be found around sun-like stars.
University of California, Santa Cruz
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