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Astronomers map the weather on an alien 'super-Earth' planet for the first time

March 30, 2016 - Uncategorized

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For the first time, astronomers have mapped the weather on an alien planet slightly larger than Earth.

The super-Earth — which is a classification used for any planet with a mass 1 to 10 times greater than that of our home planet — is named 55 Cancri e and located about 40 light-years away from our solar system. 

A new study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday details the temperature map of the world, and even suggests that the exoplanet, which was first discovered a few years ago, may have lava flows on its surface. 

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Source: Mashable

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