Exoplanet GJ 1214b (artist's impression)
Date: 20 February 2012
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: GJ 1214b
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and D. Aguilar (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
GJ 1214b, shown in this artist's view, is a super-Earth orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth. New observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show that it is a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. GJ 1214b represents a new type of planet, like nothing seen in the Solar System or any other planetary system currently known.
Last Update: 1 September 2019