Astronomers map the weather on an alien 'super-Earth' planet for the first time
March 30, 2016 - Uncategorized
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.