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.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso1047b
Type:Artwork
Release date:1 December 2010, 19:00
Related releases:eso1047
Size:3445 x 2584 px

About the Object

Name:GJ1214b
Type:• Milky Way : Planet
• X - Illustrations
Distance:40 light years

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