Artist’s impression of GJ 1214b in transit

This artist’s impression shows the super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b passing in front of its faint red parent star. This is the first super-Earth exoplanet to have had its atmosphere analysed. The exoplanet, orbiting a small star only 40 light-years away from us, has a mass about six times that of the Earth. GJ 1214b appears to be surrounded by an atmosphere that is either dominated by steam or blanketed by thick clouds or hazes.

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Auðkenni:eso1047b
Tegund:Uppdráttur
Útgáfudagur:Des 1, 2010, 19:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1047
Stærð:3445 x 2584 px

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Nafn:GJ1214b
Tegund:Milky Way : Planet
Fjarlægð:40 ljósár
Flokkur:Illustrations

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