Artist's View of Extrasolar Planet GJ1214b

Artist's View of Extrasolar Planet GJ1214b

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News release ID: STScI-2012-13
Release Date: Feb 21, 2012
Image Use: Copyright
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GJ1214b, shown in this artist's view, is a super-Earth orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth. New observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that it is a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. GJ1214b represents a new type of planet, like nothing seen in our solar system or any other planetary system currently known.

Artwork, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres/Weather, Red Dwarf Stars, Stars


NASA, ESA, and D. Aguilar (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)