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New planet found that weighs 17 times more than ours

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014, 09:53

Astronomers have discovered a new type of planet - a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth.

Diamond `super-earth` may not be `so precious`

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 13:56

An alien world reported to be the first known planet to consist largely of diamond appears less likely to be of such precious nature, a new analysis has shown.

Super-earth Gliese 1214 b likely to have a water-rich atmosphere

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 04, 2013, 14:00

A research team from Japan has used the Subaru Telescope to observe the water-rich atmosphere of a super-earth, 40 light-years from our planet.

Hidden identity of super-Earth unveiled

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 02, 2013, 11:33

Astronomers have discovered a planet not much more than twice Earth`s diameter and a little less than eight times its mass, about 70 light-years from our world.

New super-Earth that may be just right to support life found

Last Updated: Thursday, November 08, 2012, 13:02

Astronomers have discovered a new super-Earth planet around a nearby star that may have an Earth-like climate and be just right to support life.

ESA’s new satellite to study super-earths in 2017

Last Updated: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 12:49

Researchers will be focussing on studying planets around other stars will in a new small Science Program mission, Cheops that is expected to launch in 2017, ESA has announced.

NASA`s Spitzer detects light of alien `Super-Earth`

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 09, 2012, 18:57

NASA`s Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" planet beyond our solar system for the first time.

Super-Earth unlikely to transfer life to other planets

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 14:14

Scientists believe that conditions suitable for life might exist on Planet d, known as “super-Earth” in the Gliese 581 planetary system.

Super-Earth discovered that supports life

Last Updated: Friday, February 03, 2012, 11:19

Scientists have discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star.

NASA confirms `super-Earth` that could hold life

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 08:51

In another step toward finding Earth-like planets that may hold life, NASA has said the Kepler space telescope has confirmed its first-ever planet in a habitable zone outside our solar system.

Multi-polar solar system `discovered`

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 13:06

Scientists have discovered what they claim is an unusual multiple-planet solar system containing a `super-Earth`.

Newly found super-Earth could be a waterworld: Scientists

Last Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 20:09

A `super-Earth` discovered recently some 40 light years away could be covered with water vapour.