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Release No.: 2014-14
For Release: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:40am

Astronomers Find a New Type of Planet: The "Mega-Earth"

Kepler 10c

The newly discovered "mega-Earth" Kepler-10c dominates the foreground in this artist's conception. Its sibling, the lava world Kepler-10b, is in the background. Both orbit a sunlike star. Kepler-10c has a diameter of about 18,000 miles, 2.3 times as large as Earth, and weighs 17 times as much. Therefore it is all solids, although it may possess a thin atmosphere shown here as wispy clouds.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)