Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Exoplanets "very different beasts"

We have now counted 213 planets circling other stars, and teams using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have now studied the atmospheres of two Jupiter-size worlds. Their findings were amazing - extreme weather (I mean REALLY extreme) and no sign of water. David Charbonneau of Harvard calls there planets "very different beasts ... unlike any other planets in the solar system."

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