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Release No.: 2006-27
For Release: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

Some Super-Earths Form in Super Snowstorms

super-Earth

This artist's rendering shows a rocky iceball several times heavier than Earth orbiting a red dwarf star. Astronomers believe that some "super-Earths" form in a cosmic "snowstorm," collecting huge amounts of ices from the protoplanetary disk in which they formed.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)