An Analysis Of Hundreds
Of hours of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed what makes some exoplanets incredibly hot.
In A New Study
A team of scientists analyzed the atmospheres of 25 so-called hot Jupiters, exoplanets about as big as Jupiter.
These Planets Orbit Extremely
Close to their parent stars, even closer than Mercury orbits to the sun, making them extremely hot.
This New Study Suggests That The
Atmospheres of these exoplanets exhibit some unusual thermal behavior that could be related to the planets' chemical composition.
Using Over 600 Hours Of
Observations by the Hubble Space Telescope and 400 hours of observations by NASA's now retired Spitzer Space Telescope,
The Study Found That Some Of The
Atmospheres of the studied hot Jupiters contain high concentrations of hydrogen, titanium oxide, vanadium oxide and iron hydride.
These Atmospheres Displayed What
Scientists call thermal inversion, a phenomenon whereby atmospheric temperature rises, instead of drops with altitude.