(NEWS) — IT’S an alien planet ‘just’ 40-light-years away. Now Hubble has spent more time staring at it than any other. What it found is pushing back the boundaries of exploration.

The planet – known as GJ1214b – is known as a “super-Earth” because of its large size and close orbits to their stars.

Very little is known about them. We know they’re big. We know they’re heavy. We know they’re common.

We know there is nothing like them in our own solar system.

Now a team of astronomers have focused space telescope Hubble’s eye on one of the closest known examples – and found clouds.

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