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Distant 'waterworld' is confirmed

Post  Jackie (Admin) on Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:10 pm



"Astronomers have confirmed the existence of a new class of planet: a waterworld with a thick, steamy atmosphere.

The exoplanet GJ 1214b is a so-called "Super Earth" - bigger than our planet, but smaller than gas giants such as Jupiter.

Observations using the Hubble telescope now seem to confirm that a large fraction of its mass is water.

The planet's high temperatures suggest exotic materials might exist there.

"GJ 1214b is like no planet we know of," said lead author Zachory Berta, from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics..."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17117030
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Re: Distant 'waterworld' is confirmed

Post  MysteryShySoul on Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:03 pm

That is a very interesting article. Thanks for posting it and I look forward to learning more about it.

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