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Scorching, rocky planet twice Earth’s size found to have thick atmosphere – Times of India

A thick atmosphere has been detected around a planet that's twice as big as Earth in a nearby solar system, scientist reported Wednesday. The so-called super Earth - known as 55 Cancri e - is among the few rocky planets outside our solar system with a significant atmosphere, wrapped a blanket of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Exact amounts are unclear.Earth's atmosphere is a blend of nitrogen, oxygen, argon and other gases."It's probably the firmest evidence yet that this planet has an atmosphere," said Ian Crossfield, an astronomer who was not involved with the research, published in the journal Nature. Super Earth refers to a planet's size - bigger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. The boiling temperatures on this planet - which can reach as hot as 2,300C - mean that it is unl...