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GJ 436b

GJ 436b

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GJ 436b
An artist’s impression of the Neptune-sized world GJ 436b. Measurements from Hubble and Spitzer indicate that this planet’s atmosphere is highly enriched in heavy elements, which is deeply puzzling; no theorist predicted the existence of a hydrogen-rich planet with such a large amount of heavy elements.

Learn more about this planet here.

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Original image data dated on or about April 21, 2010

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