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pulsar PSR B1257+12

RARE FIND  The three rocky planets around pulsar PSR B1257+12 (illustrated) were the first confirmed exoplanets. Pulsar-orbiting planets are quite rare, a new survey suggests. 

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VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN  Mnesileüs and Kashani are just two possible names for beta Geminorum b (left). Epsilon Eridani b (right) could be renamed Stafar31 or Sufijunior. Both worlds are illustrated in a screenshot from NameExoWorlds.

MOST COMMON  Most warm rocky planets around faint red stars (illustrated) are probably dry, but it’s likely that there are enough such worlds with oceans to outnumber all other habitable environments in the galaxy.

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