Seeing that planets outside of our solar system is impossible for our telescopes, because the host star view & # 39; these world overcome their own brightness. However, astronomers can find exoplanets and even study their composition and their atmospheres. According to a new study focused on a planet & # 39; 179 light years, scientists have found that the so-called exoplanet HR 8799 C has water in its atmosphere.
HR 8799 C tobita the star HR 8799, along with & # 39; three other planets, dubbed as HR 8799 B, D, and E, respectively. However, HR 8799 C is the most interesting of these four & # 39; exoplanets since it is a gas giant with & # 39; seven & # 39; times stronger than Jupiter, the largest planet of our solar system.
Well, this exoplanet 179 light years away has water in its atmosphere. The finding was made by astronomical using the Keck Observatory and the latest technologies in its observations exoplanets. Thanks & # 39; that advanced telescope, scientists managed to create a new analysis of HR 8799 C, initially discovered in 2008.
Exoplanet HR 8799 C 179 Years & # 39; Away From Us Light Has Water In its atmosphere
"This type of & # 39; technology [Keck Observatory] is exactly what we use in the future to look for signs of life on a planet like Earth. We are still not, but we are going & # 39; hereinafter "said Dimitri MAWET, professor of astronomy at & # 39; and Caltech scientist at JPL, and co-author of the new study.
"What now, with & # 39; Keck, we can already learn about the physics and dynamics of & # 39; these exotic planets giants, which are nothing like the planets of our own solar system," also said Ji Wang, the main author of the research.
As HR 8799 C exoplanet, Wang added that scientists "are now more certain about the lack of & # 39; methane in & # 39; this planet. It can & # 39; is due to compounds in the planet's atmosphere. methane, we expect that there is on the surface, can & # 39; diluted if the process & # 39; convection is leading deeper layers of the planet m & # 39 ; have methane. "
According to the study, this exoplanet 179 light years & # 39; away from us is water present in its atmosphere. However, this world is not habitable.
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