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Comet-like tail of exoplanet WASP-69b

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Helium signal reveals the comet-like tail of exoplanet WASP-69b for the first time

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A new study, led by scientists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), reveals that the giant exoplanet WASP-69b carries a comet-like tail made up of helium particles escaping from its gravitational field propelled by the ultraviolet radiation of its star. The results of this work are published today in the journal Science.

To detect the atmosphere of the giant exoplanet WASP-69b the scientists used the CARMENES instrument, which is installed on the 3.5-meter telescope of the Calar Alto Observatory (located in Almería, Spain).

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