The super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b

In this animation we see the super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b orbiting 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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Identificazione:eso1047a
Data di rilascio:Mercoledì 01 Dicembre 2010 19:00
Notizie relative:eso1047
Durata:36 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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Tipo:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Categoria:Exoplanets
Stars

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