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

For the first time, astronomers have detected gases in the atmosphere of a super Earth, a planet larger than our own but small enough to be rocky. The fittingly named “55 Cancri e” is a broiling hellscape of a world, totally inhospitable to life as we know it. And yet, the milestone represents an important step toward…