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3 Potentially Habitable Super-Earths Explained (Infographic) by Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics ArtistDate: 18 April 2013

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Astronomers Sniff the Atmosphere of a Hellish Super-Earth For the First Time

New research indicates that, at one point, our solar system contained super-Earths located between Mercury and the Sun. But it appears that they orbited way too close and were consumed.

Artist's concept of the planet 55 Cancri e. It falls into a class of planets termed super Earths, which are more massive than our home world but lighter than giant planets like Neptune. 55 Cancri e is about twice as big and eight times as massive as Earth. The planet orbits a bright star, called 55 Cancri, in a mere 18 hours.

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Astronomers have generated the first temperature map of a “super-Earth” exoplanet, revealing an inhospitable world covered in rivers and lakes of boiling hot magma.

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Super-Earths: New Planets Found! - Astronomers working at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile have discovered seven planets orbiting the star Gliese 667C. Two exoplanets have been discovered in the star's habitable zone, which has just the right range of distance where liquid water can exist on a planet's surface.

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