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12 January 2012

3 ExoPlanets Smaller Than Earth Found

ExoPlanetary system KOI-961 (AI) Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
ExoPlanetary system KOI-961 has the three smallest exoplanets yet discovered.



NASA’s Kepler mission has detected no shortage of planets; more than a thousand candidates were discovered in 2011, a handful of which were Earth-like in size.
As data from the mission keeps pouring in, astronomers are continuing to confirm and classify these possible exoplanets. Today, a team of astronomers from the California Institute of Technology added three more to the growing list. They have confirmed the three smallest exoplanets yet discovered.

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