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February 21, 2012 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-13

NASA's Hubble Reveals a New Class of Extrasolar Planet

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Image: Artist's View of Extrasolar Planet GJ1214b

Artist's View of Extrasolar Planet GJ1214bSTScI-PRC2012-13 Artist's Concept

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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.

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