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Gaseous heavy metals in the atmosphere of an ultra-hot exoplanet

KELT-9 is a hot blue star in the constellation Cygnus. It has a temperature of over 10,000 K and a mass that is over twice larger than the Sun. It is very luminous (though not visible with the naked eye) and as such belongs to... click to read more

  • Jens Hoeijmakers | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Département d'Astronomie, Geneva Observatory, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; Center for Space and Habitability (CSH), University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
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Reading time 4 min
published on May 14, 2019
An exoplanet with glowing water reveals its nature

Space-based observatories such as the Hubble Space Telescope are providing valuable insights into the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system, known as "exoplanets". We have recently used Hubble to uncover the most compelling evidence to date for a stratosphere layer on one such exoplanet,... click to read more

  • Tom Evans | Research Fellow at College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 24, 2018