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First Super-Earths Discovered Around Sun-like Stars
December 14, 2009
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.
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