A first: Ground-based telescope detects super-earth transit

December 1, 2014 5:54 PM

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This artist’s conception shows the super-Earth 55 Cancri e (right) compared to the Earth (left). Astronomers using a ground-based telescope have measure the transit of 55 Cancri e for the first time. It is the shallowest transit ever detected from the ground. (NASA/JPL image)

Astronomers have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a bright, nearby Sun-like star using a ground-based telescope for the first time. The transit of the exoplanet 55 Cancri e is the shallowest detected from the ground yet. Since detecting a transit is the first step in analyzing a pla...

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