Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Discovered, Waterworld 40 Light Years Away in Constellation Ophiuchus

A New Warm ‘Waterworld’ Discovered
Experts have found a new giant planet — a warm waterworld that is bigger than our planet but lesser than Uranus.
Hubble discovers new class of exoplanet
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Earth    Waterworld    Uranus
 This new form of exoplanet is known as GJ 1214b, which astronomers first found in Dec 2009. New findings by NASA’s Hubble space Telescope recommend that GJ 1214b is a massive, warm, water environment.“A huge portion of its mass is made up of water.”
These astronomers have discovered a new type of planet, one they're describing as a "steamy waterworld" that is unlike any of the inhabitants of our own solar system. The planet, categorized as a "super Earth" due to its size, is known as GJ 1214b and is located 40 light years away in the constellation Ophiuchus. GJ 1214b is like no planet we know of. Due to its proximity to Earth, the planet is "a prime candidate" for future study.

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