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Release No.: 2012-04
For Release: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 4:00am

Hubble Reveals a New Type of Planet


GJ1214b, shown in this artist's conception, is a super-Earth orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth. New observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that it is a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. GJ1214b therefore represents a new type of world, like nothing seen in our solar system or any other planetary system currently known.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)