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The James Webb Space Telescope will study two strange “super-Earths”

The James Webb Space Telescope plans to explore strange new rocky worlds in unprecedented detail. The telescope science consortium has an ambitious program to study the geology of these small planets “50 light years away”, they said in a statement Thursday (May 26). The work will be extensive for the new observatory, which should come …

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The Webb Space Telescope will provide details on two intriguing ‘super-Earths’ in the Milky Way

Illustration showing what exoplanet 55 Cancri e might look like, based on current understanding of the planet. 55 Cancri e is a rocky planet almost twice the diameter of Earth and orbiting just 0.015 astronomical units from its Sun-like star. Due to its narrow orbit, the planet is extremely hot, with daytime temperatures reaching 4,400 …

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