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.


ESO/M. Kornmesser

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Útgáfudagur:Nóv 14, 2018, 19:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1837
Tímalengd:31 s
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Nafn:Barnard's Star b
Tegund:Milky Way : Planet : Feature : Surface

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