Super-Earth spotted by ground-based telescope, a first

December 17, 2014 5:26 PM

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Super-Earth spotted by ground-based telescope, a first

"Our observations show that we can detect the transits of small planets around Sun-like stars using ground-based telescopes," Ernst de Mooij said.

The telescope is the Nordic Optical Telescope, located on the small island of La Palma -- the most north-westerly of Spain's Canary Islands. The relatively small telescope is outfitted with cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art instrumentation; its tools allows it to detect even the slightest...

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