Exciting Exoplanet News from AAS: How Rocky Worlds are Made; Oceans on Super-Earths

 This artist's depiction shows a gas giant planet rising over the horizon of an alien waterworld. New research shows that oceans on super-Earths, once established, can last for billions of years. David A. Aguilar (CfA)

This artist’s depiction shows a gas giant planet rising over the horizon of an alien waterworld. Image Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)

Astronomers from around the world gathered in Seattle today for the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Although it’s just past noon on the West Coast, the discoveries are already beginning to unfurl. Here are some of the highlights from this morning’s exoplanet session. And the keyword seems to be “water.”

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