Scientists Say Super-Earth Exoplanet Does Exist After All

March 10, 2015 7:57 PM

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A group of astronomers discovered what they thought was a super-Earth exoplanet orbiting the habitable zone of a star, and called it GJ 581d. They used a spectrometer to measure the slight fluctuations in the wavelength of the parent star due to the gravitational pull of the planet to determine its existence, writes Andrew McDonald of The Space Reporter.

Later on the existence of the exoplanet was called into question by a separate study, which claimed that what scientists believed was an exoplanet was in fact statistical noise in the collected data. The latest twist in the tale comes in the form of a new study led by Dr. Guillem Anglada-Escudé of Q...

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