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PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered something odd about a distant planet -- it lacks methane, an ingredient common to many of the planets in our solar system.

"It's a big puzzle," said Kevin Stevenson, a planetary sciences graduate student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, lead author of a study appearing tomorrow, April 22 in the journal Nature."Models tell us that the carbon in this planet should be in the form of methane. Theorists are going to be quite busy trying to figure this one out.

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An unusual, methane-free world is partially eclipsed by its star in this artist's concept. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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I know that some of the brightest minds in the World work on finding these exo-planets. But the extremes that are being used to do the work makes me think that a lot of mistakes should be expected. The observations and Artists renditions are fabulous and thought provoking , but we may find in the future that the readings were misinterpreted.

I guess the Skeptic in me makes me question the results. <_<

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I know that some of the brightest minds in the World work on finding these exo-planets. But the extremes that are being used to do the work makes me think that a lot of mistakes should be expected. The observations and Artists renditions are fabulous and thought provoking , but we may find in the future that the readings were misinterpreted.

I guess the Skeptic in me makes me question the results. <_<

I agree Rog. But with what we now have to work with Spitzer tells a story of something very different with this planet,, Something missing if you will, But your absolutly right, Mistakes happen and things get changed, :tu:

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TFF

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