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Exoplanet twice the size of Earth discovered

An international team of scientists has discovered a new exoplanet twice the size of earth, about 145 light years away from the the mother Earth, by using data from NASA Kepler Space Telescope.

The Exoplanet

Wolf 503b is located in the Virgo constellation and orbits its star every six days and is thus very close to it, about 10 times closer than mercury is to the sun. Wolf 503b is one of the only planets with radius near the gap that has a star bright enough to amenable to more detailed study. It provides a key opportunity to better understand the origin of this radius gap as well as the nature of the intriguing populations of ‘super-Earths’ and ‘sub-Neptunes’ as a whole.

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