UCF Discovers Two Nearby Sub-Earth-Sized Exoplanet Candidates

The UCF Exoplanets Group is pleased to announce the discovery of two new transiting planet candidates (UCF-1.01 and UCF-1.02) orbiting the red-dwarf star GJ 436.  The objects are 2/3 the diameter of Earth, making them the closest rocky exoplanets and the only ones within 100 light years.  They were found by UCF Graduate Student Kevin Stevenson while he was analyzing Spitzer Space Telescopedata for GJ 436b, a Neptune-sized planet in the same system.

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