Artist impression of Gliese 436b

This artist's concept shows the enormous comet-like cloud of hydrogen bleeding off of the warm, Neptune-sized planet Gliese 436b just 30 light-years from Earth. Also depicted is the parent star, which is a faint red dwarf named Gliese 436. The hydrogen is evaporating from the planet due to extreme radiation from the star. A phenomenon this large has never before been seen around any exoplanet.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, STScI, and G. Bacon

About the Image

Id:heic1515a
Type:Artwork
Release date:24 June 2015, 19:00
Related releases:heic1515
Size:3600 x 2000 px

About the Object

Name:Gliese 436b
Type:Milky Way : Planet
Distance:30 light years
Category:Exoplanets

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