Picture: AP Photo/NASA
Picture: AP Photo/NASA

Water planet discovered

By Sapa-AFP Time of article published Feb 22, 2012

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New York- An astronaut attempting to visit recently discovered planet GJ1214b would land in hot water – literally, US scientists say.

Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said they had identified a new kind of planet, dominated not by rock, gas or other common materials, but water.

The planet “is a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere”, they said, after scrutinising the planet with Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope.

- Sapa-AFP

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