Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Hubble finds clouds on nearby alien worlds


Posted on Friday, 3 January, 2014 | Comment icon 11 comments

The teams identified cloud cover on two nearby worlds. Image Credit: NASA
Astronomers using the Hubble telescope have picked up signs of cloud cover on two extrasolar planets.
The planets, one reminiscent of Neptune and the other a super-Earth, were examined as part of two separate studies using the Hubble Space Telescope to learn more about their atmospheres.

For the Neptune-like world which was located 36 light years away, researchers found that they were unable to pick up any chemical fingerprints in the planet's atmosphere at all. "Either this planet has a high cloud layer obscuring the view, or it has a cloud-free atmosphere that is deficient in hydrogen, which would make it very unlike Neptune," said researcher Heather Knutson.

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.

"We really pushed the limits of what is possible with Hubble to make this measurement - our work devoted more Hubble time to a single exoplanet than ever before," said team leader Laura Kreidberg. "This advance lays the foundation for characterizing other Earths with similar techniques."

Source: Fox News | Comments (11)

Tags: Hubble, Extrasolar Planet


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 3 January, 2014, 17:35
Clouds. Uh... I can't think of a cloud pun... Ah, I guess I'm not as high flying as I used to be. I TRIED. AT LEAST I TRIED.
Comment icon #3 Posted by moonshadow60 on 3 January, 2014, 18:13
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.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Taun on 3 January, 2014, 18:15
Perhaps they are more "Venus like" than "Earth Like"...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 January, 2014, 18:25
Nowhere in the article does it say that these planets ARE Earth-like. What it does say is this: (My emphasis) In fact is specifically states that these are NOT Earth like:
Comment icon #6 Posted by alfonso on 3 January, 2014, 20:46
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
Comment icon #7 Posted by Harte on 3 January, 2014, 21:17
Don't know why There's no sun up in the sky Stormy alien weather. 'Bout good as it gets. Anyone else? Harte
Comment icon #8 Posted by Adirondack-Bob on 4 January, 2014, 3:45
"nearby worlds" and "36 light years away" don't seem like they belong to the same subject.
Comment icon #9 Posted by coolguy on 4 January, 2014, 5:53
That's cool the Hubble found clouds,
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 7 January, 2014, 12:34
In a galaxy that is more than 100,000 light years across, 36 ly is practically next door.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Neanderthal-built stone rings found in cave
5-25-2016
Remarkable prehistoric structures made from stalagmites have been discovered inside a cave in France.
'Human dog' appears in daytime TV interview
5-25-2016
Sound technician Tom Peters likes nothing more than to dress up in a latex costume and act like a dog.
Woman stalked by swarm of bees for 24 hours
5-25-2016
Carol Howarth was shocked to discover that a swarm of 20,000 bees had followed her car all the way home.
Australian town is invaded by 100,000 bats
5-24-2016
Batemans Bay in New South Wales has become so overrun that a state of emergency has been declared.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
What happened before the Big Bang ?
Posted 5-22-2016 | 4 comments
Is it possible to find out what took place before our universe came in to existence ?
 
Prehistoric creatures that still exist
Posted 5-21-2016 | 1 comment
A look at some remarkable animal species that have survived for millions of years.
 
Why do we have 10 fingers and 10 toes ?
Posted 5-20-2016 | 2 comments
What is the reason that we happen to have exactly 10 fingers and toes ? Why that number ?
 
Talking tapes
Posted 5-19-2016 | 1 comment
Tim demonstrates a unique form of audio recording which uses ridged strips of plastic.
 
Building a popcorn machine
Posted 5-18-2016 | 1 comment
Adam Savage and Simone Giertz build a novel hands-free device for eating popcorn.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Not in our jurisdiction
5-2-2016 | California, United States
 
Zippers and headlights
5-2-2016 | Raleigh, United States
 
Spinning, voiceless and breathless
5-2-2016 | Garland, Texas
 
Paralyzed
4-15-2016 | United States
 
The mysterious awakening
4-6-2016 | Los Angeles, California
 
Chocolate fairy? Really?
4-6-2016 | United Kingdom
 
Christmas Day haunting
4-6-2016 | London, UK
 
The funeral director
3-30-2016 | Hebburn, England
 
A strange sighting in Spain
3-30-2016 | Albatera, Spain
 
Dust patterns on basement floor
3-27-2016 | Smithville, Texas
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ