Alien Atmospheres

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.

This image shows the HR 8799 planets with starlight optically suppressed and data processing conducted to remove residual starlight. The star is at the center of the blackened circle in the image. The four spots indicated with the letters b through e are the planets Image and caption courtesy of Project 1640 / NASA

This image shows the HR 8799 planets with starlight optically suppressed and data processing conducted to remove residual starlight. The star is at the center of the blackened circle in the image. The four spots indicated with the letters b through e are the planets Image and caption courtesy of Project 1640 / NASA

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.

4 thoughts on “Alien Atmospheres

  1. Neither You nor anyone on this planet will ever see or look and gaze upon those blips in the radar you claim are planets. EVER. Ergo you are not conducting science, you are expressing wishful hypothesizing.

    • Reidh; yes, and if you sail too far you’ll fall off the edge of the world (if you don’t get eaten by sea monsters first.) Your kind have existed throughout history and are almost always eventually proven wrong.

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