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Researchers Confirm Exoplanet Has Clouds Using Hubble Telescope 62

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cloudy-with-a-chance-of-heavy-metal dept.
Exoplanet GJ 1214 b was discovered in 2009 by the MEarth project. Researchers now have strong evidence that it has an atmosphere. "[A] team of astronomers led by UChicago's Laura Kreidberg and Jacob Bean have detected clear evidence of clouds in the atmosphere of GJ 1214b from data collected with the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble observations used 96 hours of telescope time spread over 11 months. This was the largest Hubble program ever devoted to studying a single exoplanet. ... The first spectra, which were obtained by Bean in 2010 using a ground-based telescope, suggested that the planet's atmosphere either was predominantly water vapor or hydrogen-dominated with high-altitude clouds. ... More precise Hubble observations made in 2012 and 2013 allowed the team to distinguish between these two scenarios. ... The best explanation for the new data is that there are high-altitude clouds in the atmosphere of the planet, though their composition is unknown. Models of super-Earth atmospheres predict clouds could be made out of potassium chloride or zinc sulfide at the scorching temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit found on GJ 1214b."
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Researchers Confirm Exoplanet Has Clouds Using Hubble Telescope

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Are the planet's data! They've moved their data into the clouds so we can read it!

  • by angel'o'sphere (80593) on Wednesday January 01, 2014 @12:53PM (#45837445) Homepage Journal

    As soon as it is obvious that a so called super earth is far to close to its sun to be inhabitable they should stop calling it like that.

    • by CarlDenny (415322)

      Super Earth is just saying "bigger than Earth (but smaller than Neptune.)" They're not implying any sort of habitability.

    • As soon as it is obvious that a so called super earth is far to close to its sun to be inhabitable they should stop calling it like that.

      If they really want to get attention next time they'll call it "Super Earth 2000 Extreme (tm)"

  • by mcgrew (92797) * on Wednesday January 01, 2014 @12:59PM (#45837477) Homepage Journal

    Let's see, wikipedia says it's as hot as an oven, seven times Earth's mass but far less dense; it isn't clear what gravity would be at its surface or even if it has a surface, if it does but it's possible you could put a bucket of corn oil with potatoes sliced into strips in it on the surface and get some pretty good french fries. [slashdot.org]

    Of course, 42 light years is a little farther away than Jupiter.

    Forty two light years... hmm... Could it be Magrathea?

  • Hubble was looking at a giant mirror held up by the natives on said exoplanet.
    They apparently think being discovered once is enough.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Fahrenheit? Seriously? Stop using this shit. Drop yards and miles as well, while You are doing so.

    • by wjcofkc (964165)
      Researches Using Hubble Telescope Confirm Exoplanet Has Clouds

      Would have made more sense. There is a dangling something or other in there.
      • by hey! (33014)

        Researches Using Hubble Telescope Confirm Exoplanet Has Clouds
        Would have made more sense. There is a dangling something or other in there.

        I think this story must be cursed or something.

        Anyhow, what we have in the story title is a misplaced modifier. The phrase "Using Hubble Telescope" functions as an adverb modifying the verb "confirm", but the editor has *misplaced* it in such a way that it could easily be misread as an adjective modifying "clouds". Yet while this modifier is misplaced, it is not quite "dangling"; to dangle it must refer to something that isn't in the sentence at all.

        Dangling is usually the result of incomplete editing. Y

      • by bbsalem (2784853)
        I like, "Researches using Hubble Telescope confirm THAT exoplanet has clouds"
    • by satuon (1822492)

      Amazon is not happy to hear that.

    • That's some extremely advanced water vapor there, I'm telling you. Usurping our prized telescope, and now confirmed by researchers. I used to fantasize that clouds looked like aliens... I had no idea they really WERE aliens.
  • Researches confirm exoplanet has telescope.
  • http://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/66682.php?from=257191 [eurekalert.org] Credit: NASA & ESA, STScI-PRC14-06b Usage Restrictions: News organizations may use this image in connection with reports about exoplanetary research.

    WTF? News organisations can, but but bloggers or amateur astronomers can't? Can't use it for reports about other things? It's a shitty low resolution image anyway. Are they scared someone will write an best selling game around it? Usual institutional anti-fair use paranoia off something prob

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