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Mon Jan 31, 2022, 01:12 PM

First Exoplanet With Earth-Like Layered Atmosphere Discovered - But You Wouldn't Want To Live There

Astronomers have analyzed one of the most extreme known exoplanets, WASP-189 b, and found it has a layered atmosphere just like Earth. But the similarities end there. WASP-189 b is a world twice the mass of Jupiter with temperatures in the thousands of degrees, so we're not upping sticks and moving there.

The reason why it’s so hot is its proximity to its star. It orbits the star in just 2.7 days, being 20 times closer to it than the Earth is to the Sun. But thanks to this alignment, researchers can study its atmosphere in detail. As reported in Nature Astronomy, the international team has established the presence of iron, chromium, vanadium, magnesium, and manganese, as well as titanium oxide in its atmosphere.

“We measured the light coming from the planet’s host star and passing through the planet’s atmosphere. The gases in its atmosphere absorb some of the starlight, similar to Ozone absorbing some of the sunlight in Earth’s atmosphere, and thereby leave their characteristic ‘fingerprint’," lead author Bibiana Prinoth from Lund University said in a statement. "With the help of HARPS [ESO's planet-hunter], we were able to identify the corresponding substances.”

The titanium oxide is a particularly exciting find as it has already been linked to an ozone-like layer and stratosphere-like layers on other exoplanets. But these observations went further, finding evidence of additional layers.

https://www.iflscience.com/space/first-exoplanet-with-earthlike-layered-atmosphere-discovered-but-you-wouldnt-want-to-live-there/

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keithbvadu2 Jan 2022 #1

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Mon Jan 31, 2022, 01:51 PM

1. I just find it amazing that scientists can figure this stuff out.

I just find it amazing that scientists can figure this stuff out.

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