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, Extrasolar Planets, Hubble Telescope, Planets, Stars


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