The new discovery, named GJ1214b, measures up at about 6.5 times the size of our Earth with a radius about 2.7 times the size of Earth (Image: David A. Aguilar, CfA)
This means the planet can be admired by students and budding astronomers across the planet (Image: David A. Aguilar, CfA)
The telescope array used to discover the super-Earth, often used by amateurs (Photo: Dan Brocious, CfA)
Astronomers have proved that even the most basic technology can reveal significant developments in the heavens above. Using a simple ground-based telescope, a team from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) located a “super-Earth” orbiting a red dwarf star only 40 light-years away from Earth.
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