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The AstronomersNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Finds Possible Exoplanet Smaller Than Earth
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Finds Possible Exoplanet Smaller Than Earth
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA - Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth. The exoplanet candidate, called UCF-1.01, is located a mere 33 light-years away, making it possibly the nearest world to our solar system that is smaller than our home planet. Exoplanets circle stars beyond our sun. Only a handful smaller than Earth have been found so far. Spitzer has performed transit studies on known exoplanets, but UCF-1.01 is the first ever identified with the space telescope, pointing to a possible role for Spitzer in helping discover potentially habitable, terrestrial-sized worlds.
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