A team of researchers belonging to a group called Project 1640, which is partly funded by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., used the Palomar Observatory near San Diego to obtain detailed spectra of the four planets. The results are revealing new information about the atmospheres of the four giant, red planets.
The study of exo-planets, just science fiction not too many years ago is really getting exciting, espeically now that some can be directly imaged and their atmopshere’s are begining to reveal themselves at least in a broad fashion.
Amazing, but I’m still trying to understand the image. As Ben Oppenheimer, lead author of a new study on the subject and the chair of the Astrophysics Department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York said: “”It’s like taking a single picture of the Empire State Building from an airplane that reveals a bump on the sidewalk next to it that is as high as an ant”; so I don’t feel too bad LOL.
Here is a link to the press release, worth the read because it does explain what is going on.