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Fraser
2006-Jun-09, 05:05 PM
Although our Solar System only contains a "regular Earth", astronomers predict that other systems could contain "super Earths"; rocky planets with several times the mass of our planet. A new theory predicts that these planets should be most commonly found orbiting red dwarf stars. As red dwarf stars have less mass, they're unable to hang onto the lighter gas that go onto form gas giants. The remaining heavier elements have time to form very massive terrestrial planets.

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