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Godzilla of Earths

by Greg Bernhardt
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Greg Bernhardt
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Jun3-14, 09:09 AM
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'Godzilla of Earths': Alien Planet 17 Times Heavier Than Our World Discovered

BOSTON Scientists have just discovered the "Godzilla of Earths" a new type of huge and rocky alien world about 560 light-years from Earth.

Dubbed a "mega-Earth," the exoplanet Kepler-10c weighs 17 times as much as Earth and it circles a sunlike star in the constellation Draco. The mega-Earth is rocky and also bigger than "super-Earths," which are a class of planets that are slightly bigger than Earth.
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Drakkith
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Jun3-14, 05:06 PM
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Whew... it's quite a monster, isn't it?
Mordred
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Jun4-14, 01:57 AM
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yeesh that is a big one thanks for posting it

Ophiolite
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Jun10-14, 08:20 AM
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Godzilla of Earths

So, it is the same order of magnitude as the rocky core thought to lie at the heart of gas giants. Might this be a failed gas giant whose core formed after gas was swept from the system at the T-Tauri stage of development?


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