New method reveals atmosphere on 'Hot Jupiter' (+video)
Using a ground-based telescope to probe exoplanet atmospheres, which were visible only when illuminated by stars, scientists say they hope to study much cooler planets.
The atmospheres of alien planets can now be probed even if they are not illuminated by stars directly behind them, astronomers say.
A new method used to scan the atmosphere of a distant "hot Jupiter" world could eventually reveal insights about many distant alien planets — including, perhaps, whether or not they support life, the researchers added.
A new look at exoplanet atmospheres
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