Earth-sized planets could be much more similar to Earth than earlier thought: Study

January 6, 2015 8:15 PM

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Earth-sized planets could be much more similar to Earth than earlier thought: Study

There were 1,781 confirmed exoplanets as of December 2014. An additional 4,175 possible exoplanets are waiting for confirmation and new planets are also being discovered regularly. Better detection techniques over the next few years have made discovery of smaller exoplanets possible.

According to a team of researchers led by Courtney Dressing of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), the smallest exoplanets could be much more similar to Earth than thought.

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