Zoom in on the star GJ1214

This zoom sequence starts with a view of the spectacular central region of the Milky Way. As we close in we see a faint and unremarkable star at the centre of the picture — the red dwarf star GJ 1214. This star is orbited by a super-Earth exoplanet with a mass of about six times that of the Earth. This hot planet is surrounded by a thick atmosphere.


ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2, ESO/S. Brunier. Music: John Dyson (from the album "Darklight")

About the Video

Release date:16 December 2009, 19:00
Related releases:eso1047, eso0950
Duration:41 s

About the Object

Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System



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