super-Earth

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super-Earth

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1. (Astronomy) a hypothetical planet larger than the earth but smaller than the four gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus, thought to be orbiting the sun beyond the Kuiper belt but nearer than the Oort cloud: its existence is suggested by two known dwarf planets in a similar orbit
2. (Astronomy) any planet with conditions similar to those of the earth, but of much greater size
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While its official name is GJ 357 d, researchers have nicknamed the planet 'super Earth', as it's much bigger than our own planet, but with similar conditions.
IThis is said to be a "super Earth" at the edge of our solar system, way beyond Pluto.
A NEWLY discovered "super Earth" could be the best hope yet for a world beyond the solar system that harbours life, scientists say.
Summary: Paris: Three "super Earth" planets have been found orbiting a nearby star at a distance ...
"This was very exciting because it's our [first] habitable-zone super Earth around a sun-type star," Kepler astronomer Natalie Batalha said on Tuesday at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, (http://news.yahoo.com/most-earth-alien-planet-possibly-found-213629737.html) according to Space.com.
Scientists find potentially habitable "super Earth" Astronomers have discovered another potentially habitable planet -- this one just 42 light-years away from Earth -- that could have the right temperature for sustaining liquid water and the proper rotation for a night/day cycle.
Madhusudhan calls the rocky planet " Super Earth" because it is twice the earth's size and has mass which is eight times greater.
Three additional planets in the same system as the super Earth were also spotted during the project.
About a fourth of stars have a super Earth (1.25 to twice the size of Earth) in an orbit of 150 days or less, with a same fraction having a mini Neptune (two to four times Earth) in orbits up to 250 days long.
The planet's mass is eight times greater than earth - making it a 'super earth' - and it is one of five planets orbiting the star located 40 light years from earth.
Sydney, August 7 (ANI): European astronomers have said that the smallest planet yet detected outside our Solar System, dubbed 'Super Earth', appears to have a solid surface.
ISLAMABAD -- A new secret planetary system that includes three super Earths and one outer giant planet has been discovered by astronomers at a distance of just 21 light years from Earth.