Thanks to data from the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, scientists at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics have identified a gaseous planet similar to Jupiter.
It is a planet without clouds and a warm climate, WASP-62b Which is 575 light years from Earth in the constellation Dorado. According to specialists, its radius is 40% larger than that of Jupiter, which we remember is the second largest planet in the solar system, the first of which is the Sun.
Beyond its size, the exoplanet WASP-62b offers a Crystal clear atmosphereIt is a unique case compared to the other gas giants (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and of course Jupiter), it is estimated that less than 7% of exoplanets have a clear gas layer.
However, this clear atmosphere provides a facility when analyzing the chemical makeup of the planets themselves, that is, it allows us to identify the constituents of them. At this point, Monza Alam, of Harvard University and one of the authors of this study, stated that the lack of clouds indicates something important, one theory is that they formed differently from their peers, even though the scientists weren’t 100 percent yet. Safe.
Unearthed giant exoplanets such as Neptune have thick clouds that make the inner layers difficult to see. This is not the case with the WASP-62b which lacks opaque clouds. The atmosphere is analyzed by the light it absorbs with its star eclipse. (SciTechDaily / Hubble Space Telescope) pic.twitter.com/aI59R2wx3X
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The existence of this planet was Discovered since 2011But she took several years to study. Indeed, in a study Published The Astrophysical Journal LettersScientists explained this By focusing on the planet’s light spectrum, they were able to discover The presence of sodium In the atmosphere and maybe too Silicon hydride; This is him The temperature exceeds one thousand degrees Celsius.
It should also be noted that the first and only precedents known to date are:Hot Saturn WASP-96b, Which is half the mass of Jupiter and lies 1161 light years from Earth.
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