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

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 image shows an artist’s impression of the planet’s surface.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1837a
Type:Artwork
Release date:14 November 2018, 19:00
Related releases:eso1837
Size:4500 x 2531 px

About the Object

Name:Barnard's Star b
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:Exoplanets

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