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UH-Led Team Finds Planet Bigger than Earth

UH-Led Team Finds Planet Bigger than Earth

Astrophysicists reported today in the journal Nature that the exoplanet Kepler-78b appears to be made of rock and iron just like Earth. The team, led by Dr. Andrew Howard of UH's Institute for Astronomy, measured the mass of the planet with the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea. It's actually a little bigger than Earth and nearly double its mass, or weight.

 

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