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Hubble Finds First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet - Artist's View of Extrasolar Planet HD 189733b

March 28, 2008
This illustration depicts the extrasolar planet HD 189733b with its parent star peeking above its top edge. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect methane and water vapor in the Jupiter-size planet's atmosphere. They made the finding by studying how light from the host star filters through the planet's atmosphere.


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