Exploring the surface of a super-Earth orbiting Barnard’s Star (Artist’s impression)

The nearest single star to the Sun hosts an exoplanet at least 3.2 times as massive as Earth — a so-called super-Earth. Data from a worldwide array of telescopes, including ESO’s planet-hunting HARPS instrument, have revealed this frozen, dimly lit world. The newly discovered planet is the second-closest known exoplanet to the Earth and orbits the fastest moving star in the night sky..

This artist’s impression pans over the surface of this freezing, shadowy world.

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ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Video

Id:barnard-surface2b-v2-cc1
Release date:14 November 2018, 19:00
Related releases:eso1837
Duration:31 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Barnard's Star b
Type:Milky Way : Planet : Feature : Surface
Category:Exoplanets

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