Exoplanet atmospheres

Searching for Life on Highly Eccentric Exoplanets

When we think about finding life beyond Earth, especially on exoplanets, we immediately want to search for the next Earth,…

3 months ago

Here are Four Ways JWST Could Detect Alien Life

There are many ways that the James Webb Space Telescope could search for life. Here are four promising ones.

3 months ago

The Heaviest Element Ever Seen in an Exoplanet’s Atmosphere: Barium

Astronomers have spotted barium in the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet. With its 56 protons, you have to run your…

4 months ago

JWST Finds a Clear, Unambiguous Signal for Carbon Dioxide in an Exoplanet’s Atmosphere

An early – and exciting -- science result from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was announced today: the first…

5 months ago

Astronomer Working With Webb Said the new Images “Almost Brought him to Tears.” We’ll see Them on July 12th

The first images taken by James Webb will be released in a little more than a week! According to NASA,…

7 months ago

Hubble Checks the Weather on Hot Jupiters. Forecast: 100% Chance of Hellish Conditions

While the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 32 years in orbit, like a fine wine, it has only gotten better with…

10 months ago

Astronomers Measure the Atmosphere on a Planet Hundreds of Light-Years Away

In a recent study, an international team of astronomers directly measured the atmospheric composition of a hot Jupiter hundreds of…

1 year ago

An Exoplanet Reaches 2400 C in One Hemisphere. Does it Really Rain Iron?

WASP-76b is an ultra-hot Jupiter about 640 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Pisces. A few years ago it…

1 year ago

Astronomers Detect Clouds on an Exoplanet, and Even Measure Their Altitude

An international research team shows how combining data from multiple observatories allowed them to detect clouds in the atmosphere of…

1 year ago

Astronomers Have Found the Perfect Exoplanet to Study Another World’s Atmosphere

TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has found a new planet, and the discovery of this sub-Neptune exoplanet has scientists excited…

2 years ago