Friday, August 19, 2016

Rocky Exoplanet Might Have Thin, Oxygen Atmosphere

"This planet might be the first time we detect oxygen on a rocky planet outside the solar system," said co-author Robin Wordsworth from the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register In November 2015, astronomers announced the discovery of a small planet, slightly bigger than Earth, located just 39 light-years from Earth. The newfound planet, known as GJ 1132b, orbits a red dwarf star only one-fifth the size of our Sun. GJ 1132b circles its star every 1.6 days at a distance of…


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