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Nearby Alien Planet

Nearby Alien Planet

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Nearby alien planet six times as big as Earth has unusual plasma 'water-rich' atmosphere with temperatures as high as 280°
 
Japanese astronomers examined the atmosphere of the alien planet using specialist cameras with a blue filter
 
 
Super-Earth Gliese 1214 b is located just 40 light-years outside our solar system and while it has water, it is thought to be uninhabitable
 
 
Scientists from the National Astronomical Observatory in Japan said the planet is around 70 times closer than the Earth to its sun
An unusual planet, six times the size of earth, that is located just 40 light-years outside our solar system, has been found to have a 'water-rich' atmosphere that has a strange 'plasma form' of water, scientists have said.
 
Japanese astronomers examined the atmosphere of the alien planet using specialist cameras with a blue filter to observe planetary transits of super-Earth Gliese 1214 b.
 
The research team said that while its atmosphere is water-rich, the planet is not habitable like our Earth, as it has atmospheric temperatures that reach 280 degrees Celsius.
 
 An unusual planet, six times the six of earth, that is located just 40 light-years outside our solar system, has been found to have a 'water-rich' atmosphere that has a 'plasma form' of water, astronomers have said. Here is an artist's rendition of a transit of GJ 1214 b in blue light. The  blue sphere represents the host star GJ 1214 and the black ball in front of it is GJ 1214 b
While the planet's atmosphere contains water, it is still dramatically different to the Earth's
 
The scientists from the National Astronomical Observatory in Japan had set out to determine whether the planet has an atmosphere of water or hydrogen and
 
used Subaru Telescope's two optical cameras with a blue transmission filter to study the scattering of light from the planet.
 
They then combined their findings with previous observations in other colours to conclude the atmosphere contains 'significant' amounts of water.
 
Principle investigator Norio Narita, told 
: 'As the temperature and  pressure are so high, water is not in a usual form (vapor, liquid, or solid), but in an ionic or plasma form at the bottom the atmosphere - namely the interior - of Gliese 1214 b.'
 
The alien planet, which is located some 40 light-years away from our solar system in the constellation Ophiuchus, orbits a cooler star than our sun.
 

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