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Detection of water vapor in the atmosphere of a hot Jupiter


February 24, 2014

an artist's conception of a hot-Jupiter Although liquid water covers a majority of Earth's surface, scientists are still searching for planets outside our solar system that contain water. California Institute of Technology researchers have used a new technique to analyze the atmospheres of such exoplanets, making the first detection of water in the atmosphere of the Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star tau Boötis. Full Story

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