New Type of Planet Discovered

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 7:31 PM EDT

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Aguilar (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

GJ1214b, shown in this artist’s view, is a super-Earth orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth.

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 7:31 PM EDT

According to a story on Space.com, scientists have discovered a unique type of alien planet thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope.

The planet, which is larger than Earth, is described as a steamy waterworld, according to the Space.com story. The planet is located 40 light-years from Earth, according to the report.

Read the Space.com story HERE.