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Stellar atmosphere can be used to predict the composition of rocky exoplanets

September 18, 2015

Porto, Portugal (SPX) Sep 18, 2015 In two recently published articles researchers from Instituto de Astrofisica e Ciencias do Espaco (IA3) show that the ratio of some heavy elements in a star, like Magnesium (Mg), Silicon (Si) and Iron (Fe), have a…

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Rocky planets are made of of the same elements as those that can be found in the atmospheres of their stars. This could tell us how Earth-like the planets might be.

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