Artist’s impression of 55 Cancri e

This artist’s impression shows the super-Earth 55 Cancri e in front of its parent star. Using observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and new analytic software scientists were able to analyse the composition of its atmosphere. It was the first time this was possible for a super-Earth.

55 Cancri e is about 40 light-years away and orbits a star slightly smaller, cooler and less bright than our Sun. As the planet is so close to its parent star, one year lasts only 18 hours and temperatures on the surface are thought to reach around 2000 degrees Celsius.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:heic1603a
Type:Artwork
Release date:16 February 2016, 16:00
Related releases:heic1603
Size:10000 x 6800 px

About the Object

Type:Unspecified : Planet
Category:Exoplanets

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