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Cloudy Super-Worlds

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:44 PM

NASA's Hubble Sees Cloudy Super-Worlds With Chance for More Clouds


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Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have characterized the atmospheres of two of the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy and found both may be blanketed with clouds.

The planets are GJ 436b, located 36 light-years from Earth in the constellation Leo, and GJ 1214b, 40 light-years away in the constellation Ophiuchus. Despite numerous efforts, the nature of the atmospheres surrounding these planets had eluded definitive characterization until now. The researchers described their work as an important milestone on the road to characterizing potentially habitable, Earth-like worlds beyond the solar system. Their findings appear in separate papers in the Jan. 2 issue of the journal Nature.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 05:17 PM

"In the second study, researchers investigating a super-Earth world located 40 light years away found even clearer signs of cloud cover in its atmosphere. Using high-precision instruments they were able to rule out the presence of water vapor, methane, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, or carbon dioxide." Doesn't that make it NOT like Earth, or...?


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 05:35 PM

Clouds.
Uh...
I can't think of a cloud pun...
Ah, I guess I'm not as high flying as I used to be.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:13 PM

This is when I find science to be totally worthwhile.  I don't know why; at that distance I will never set foot on either planet, but still it is interesting to know that someday human kind may, and they will know prior that when it rains there, if it rains, what the rain is made of.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:15 PM

Perhaps they are more "Venus like" than "Earth Like"...


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:25 PM

View PostDemonicCupcake, on 03 January 2014 - 05:17 PM, said:

Doesn't that make it NOT like Earth, or...?
Nowhere in the article does it say that these planets ARE Earth-like. What it does say is this:

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The researchers described their work as an important milestone on the road to characterizing potentially habitable, Earth-like worlds beyond the solar system.
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In fact is specifically states that these are NOT Earth like:

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The two planets fall in the middle range in mass, between smaller, rockier planets such as Earth and larger gas giants such as Jupiter. GJ 436b is categorized as a "warm Neptune" because it is much closer to its star than frigid Neptune is to the sun. GJ 1214b is known as a "super-Earth" because of its size.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:46 PM

this super earth sounds most intresting , would that mean if theres life of some sort also on it might that be supersize too? like giants lol


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:17 PM

View PostDuchess Gummybuns, on 03 January 2014 - 05:35 PM, said:

Clouds.
Uh...
I can't think of a cloud pun...
Ah, I guess I'm not as high flying as I used to be.


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 03:45 AM

"nearby worlds" and "36 light years away" don't seem like they belong to the same subject.


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 05:53 AM

That's cool the Hubble found clouds,


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:34 PM

View PostAdirondack-Bob, on 04 January 2014 - 03:45 AM, said:

"nearby worlds" and "36 light years away" don't seem like they belong to the same subject.

In a galaxy that is more than 100,000 light years across, 36 ly is practically next door.

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