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Release No.: 2013-11
For Release: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 10:00am

Two Water Worlds for the Price of One

Kepler-62e and -f

The newly discovered planets named Kepler-62e and -f are super-Earths in the habitable zone of a distant sun-like star. The largest planet in the image, Kepler-62f, is farthest from its star and covered by ice. Kepler-62e, in the foreground, is nearer to its star and covered by dense clouds. Closer in orbits a Neptune-size ice giant with another small planet transiting its star. Both habitable-zone planets may be capable of supporting life.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)