Contact: Christine Pulliam
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Caption: This artist's conception shows the newly discovered super-Earth GJ 1214b, which orbits a red dwarf star 40 light-years from our Earth. It was discovered by the MEarth project -- a small fleet of ground-based telescopes no larger than those many amateur astronomers have in their backyards.
Credit: David A. Aguilar, CfA
Usage Restrictions: None
Related news release: Astronomers find super-Earth using amateur, off-the-shelf technology