New Planet Discovered Believed To Be Mostly Water

December 17, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – A new planet has been discovered 40 light years away, and is believed to be the first ever discovered that is made almost entirely out of water.

The planet, named GJ 1214b, is 2.5 times as large as Earth, and 6.5 times as heavy in mass.

The atmosphere’s makeup is unknown, but scientists believe it to be thin, allowing for the oceans that cover almost the whole thing to be hot.

“We think this planet is mostly made of water, with a thin atmosphere surrounding it, perhaps of hydrogen and helium,” David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said.

“The surface of our planet probably wouldn’t be anything like the surface of Earth and therefore wouldn’t host life as we know it.”

GJ 1214b orbits a “feeble” red star about once every 38 hours.To see an artist’s rendition, visit the source link below.

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7 Responses to “New Planet Discovered Believed To Be Mostly Water”

  1. josh on December 17th, 2009 12:19 pm

    How can it be 400 degrees with water, it would be steam at the most.
    I think they got their temperatures wrong or its not water.

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  4. Adam on December 17th, 2009 8:33 pm

    Josh the point of which where water or any other liguid is transformed into a gas could varydepending on the conditions of the planet and it may have the basic chemical makeup of water but have another element that we may not know on our planet and that unknown element could keep it resistant to heat but still basically be water. Hope you can take this into account.

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  6. humberto on December 20th, 2009 2:40 am

    Guys, water’s boilong point is affected by pressure, the more pressure, the hotter it takes to boil. This planet probably has a lot of pressure, given a think atmosphere, hence the water could stay in tact at higher tempatures. Also, they said it was 400 on the surface of the water, so it must be cooler below the surface.

  7. Savage on December 22nd, 2009 1:50 am

    there are places on our planet where water is WAY past the boiling point (360) but doesn’t boil due to the High pressure….and get this they support life without sunlight.

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