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Many small exoplanets found to be covered in gas

January 8, 2014

astronomy graphic NASA's Kepler space telescope discovered thousands of "planetary candidates," but what are the planets made of? To know this, each planet's mass first must be determined. A Northwestern University astronomer reports having measured the masses of approximately 60 exoplanets larger than the Earth and smaller than Neptune. Full Story

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