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Kepler ‘K2′ Finds First Exoplanet, A ‘Super-Earth

  • Kepler’s find was a smaller planet — a super-Earth! It’s likely a water world or a rocky core shrouded in a thick, Neptune-like atmosphere. Called HIP 116454b, it’s 2.5 times the size of Earth and a whopping 12 times the mass
  • The exoplanet circles its dwarf star quickly, every 9.1 days, and is about 180 light-years from Earth
  • The planet it found is ripe for follow-up studies,” stated lead author Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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