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extrasolar planet HAT-P-11b
2014-09-24 13:40:24

NASA Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. [ Watch the Video: Zoom Into HAT-P-11 ] “This discovery is a significant milepost on the road to eventually analyzing the atmospheric composition of smaller, rocky...

Diamond Planet
2012-10-11 12:25:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One nearby super-Earth planet could have a lot more "bling" on it than our planet, because astronomers say it maybe a diamond planet. Yale University scientists reported in the Astrophysical Journal Letters that the surface of 55 Cancri e is likely covered in graphite and diamond, rather than water and granite. The planet has a radius twice of Earth's, and a mass eight times greater, allowing it to fall into the classification...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.