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Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere


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Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

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Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system, or exoplanet. A stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere in which temperature increases with higher altitudes.

"This result is exciting because it shows that a common trait of most of the atmospheres in our solar system — a warm stratosphere — also can be found in exoplanet atmospheres," said Mark Marley, study co-author based at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley. "We can now compare processes in exoplanet atmospheres with the same processes that happen under different sets of conditions in our own solar system."

Reporting in the journal Nature, scientists used data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study WASP-121b, a type of exoplanet called a "hot Jupiter."

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So many interesting finds popping up.  It is so exciting to read about the wonders in space.

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Great times for astronomy.  Thanks Waspie, for your posts. 

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Sounds like the Lava world from a Star Trek:TOS episode.

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49 minutes ago, seanjo said:

Fascinating, it must be truly belting around its Sun with a twelve day year!

Imagine the gravity on that sucker!

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I wish I lived 40/50 years in the future. I want to see what has been discovered then!

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