A new type of alien planet was recently discovered. The steamy waterworld like planet is larger than our Earth but smaller than Uranus. Astronomers named the planet GJ 1214b. It is located in the constellation Ophiuchus and is 40 light years away from the Earth. The planet’s diameter is 2.7 times larger than Earth and it weighs 7 times more than the Earth. The estimated surface temperature of GJ 1214b is 446 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius).
“A huge fraction of its mass is made up of water," the Yahoo News quoted the study lead author Zachory Berta of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. as saying in a statement.