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Detection of water vapor in the atmosphere of a hot Jupiter
February 24, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Although liquid water covers a majority of Earth's surface, scientists are still searching for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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