Exoplanet GJ 1214b (artist's impression)

GJ1214b, shown in this artist’s view, is a super-Earth orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth. New observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show that it is a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. GJ 1214b represents a new type of planet, like nothing seen in the Solar System or any other planetary system currently known.

Credit:

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

About the Image

Id:heic1204a
Type:Artwork
Release date:21 February 2012, 15:00
Related releases:heic1204
Size:4200 x 4200 px

About the Object

Name:GJ 1214b
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:40 light years


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