What is a super-Earth in exoplanet research?

Super Earth refers to planets with a rocky core that has a radius of between 1.5 to 2 of that of Earth. They represent a class of exoplanets of significant scientific interest given the possibility of Earth-like habitability with respect to life, and is a target for observation by both space-based and Earth-based observatories. Thus far, many super Earth exoplanets have been detected, and some are in our galactic neighbourhood, orbiting stars not too distant from us.

 

Category: astronomy, exoplanets, space exploration,

Tags: super Earth, habitability, rocky core, exoplanets,

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