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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hydrogen & Helium Atmosphere found in an Exoplanet

     Combining Study of NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the a planet similar to Neptune (Exoplanet) HAT-P26b's atmosphere contains mostly of hydrogen and helium which is located at a distance of 437 light years away from Earth. This study is one of the detailed study called "Warm Neptune"

     Researchers found that the atmosphere of this Neptune size planet consists of clear clouds and some signature of water, but the planet is not a watered planet. Astronomers are interested to study about this exoplanet, so that they can reveal the birth of planet Neptune and Uranus. The signatures of hydrogen and helium was identified the Infrared Spectroscopy of large wavelength.

     Detailed information of this planet may provide a small clue for the formation and  birth of planets in Our Solar system. The Hubble Space Telescope is collaborative mission between ESA and NASA. And the Spitzer Space Telescope is maintained by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) part of California Institute of Technology. The spacecraft operating system is based of Lookheed Martin Space Systems and the infrared image processing and Analysing center is located at Caltech (NASA/JPL)


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