Smallest Exoplanets may resemble Earth: Study

January 6, 2015 10:15 AM

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Smallest Exoplanets may resemble Earth: Study

Exoplanets were first discovered in the 1990s and this led to a hope among astronomers to find an Earth-like planet amongst the stars. By using better detection techniques, it has become possible to find smaller and smaller exoplanets. According to a new study presented at this week's American Astronomical Society meeting, the smallest exoplanets are much more likely to resemble Earth than thought.

High-Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher-North (HARPS-N) instrument was used for studying Kepler-93b, an exoplanet 1.5 times the radius of the Earth.

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