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Telescope sees smallest exoplanet

February 5th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Telescope sees smallest exoplanet.

The smallest planet yet found outside the Solar System has been detected by a French space telescope.

The rocky world is less than twice the size of Earth.

Only a handful of planets have so far been found with a mass comparable to Earth, Venus, Mars or Mercury.

The discovery was made by Corot, an orbiting observatory with a 27cm-diameter telescope to search for planets orbiting other stars.

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