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Uploaded on Dec 1, 2010
The 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 — GJ 1214. This star is orbited by a super-Earth exoplanet with a mass of about six times that of the Earth. It is the first super-Earth to have had its atmosphere analysed. In the animation we see the super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b orbiting its faint red parent star. This is the first super-Earth exoplanet to have had its atmosphere analysed. The exoplanet, orbiting a small star only 40 light-years away from us, has a mass about six times that of the Earth. GJ 1214b appears to be surrounded by an atmosphere that is either dominated by steam or blanketed by thick clouds or hazes.