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Extremely hot 'Super-Earth' discovered by scientists

Jan 14, 2021 15:34 IST

Scientists from the University of California have discovered an extremely hot and rocky exoplanet called the 'Super-Earth'. The planet was found orbiting one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and is reported to have mass three times that of Earth. Named TOI-561b, the planet takes less than half an Earth day to complete one orbit around its host star. What shocked astronomers was that despite its mass, the density of the exoplanet was almost the same as Earth.