Hidden Alien World Exposed

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Scientist studying super-Earth GJ1214b know a lot more about this alien world blanketed in clouds thanks to the Hubble Telescope.

     Scientists had been studying super-Earth exoplanet GJ1214b and knew a little bit about it.  But after 96 hours of study with the Hubble Telescope, they know a lot more.  GJ1214b is located 40 light-years from Earth towards the constellation Ophiuchus.  It orbits its parent star every 38 hours, which makes it's atmosphere easier to study. That study revealed evidence of clouds blanketing the planet.  These clouds, however, hid the composition and behavior of the planet below.  Even though Hubble wasn’t originally designed with such study in mind, the team pushed the telescope to its limits.