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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ESO/L. Calçada

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Id:eso1047b
Tipo:Ilustração
Data de divulgação:1 de Dezembro de 2010 às 19:00
Notícias relacionadas:eso1047
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Nome:GJ1214b
Tipo:Milky Way : Planet
Distância:40 anos-luz
Categoria:Illustrations

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