Super-Earth

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Illustration of the inferred size of the super-Earth COROT-7b (center) in comparison with Earth and Neptune

A super-Earth is an extrasolar planet.

It has a mass higher than Earth's, but much less than the Solar System's ice giants, Uranus and Neptune, which are 15 and 17 times Earth's mass, respectively.[1]

The term "super-Earth" refers only to the mass of the planet, and does not imply anything about the surface conditions or habitability.

References[change | change source]

  1. Valencia, V.; Sasselov, D. D.; O'Connell, R. J. (2007). "Radius and structure models of the first super-earth planet". The Astrophysical Journal 656 (1): 545–551. doi:10.1086/509800. http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/0004-637X/656/1/545/65923.html.