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Extrasolar planets

An infernal Earth

Orbiting less than two stellar radii above the visible surface of a Sun-like star, the Earth-sized exoplanet Kepler-78b is a hellish world. But its existence bodes well for the discovery and characterization of habitable planets. See Letters p.377 & p.381

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Figure 1: Exoplanet Kepler-78b.

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