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Artist's impression of extrasolar planet HD 189733b

Artist's impression of extrasolar planet HD 189733b

Date: 18 March 2008
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Artist's impression of exoplanet HD189733b
Copyright: ESA, NASA and G. Tinetti (University College London, UK & ESA)

Artist's impression of the extrasolar planet HD 189733b, now known to have methane and water in its atmosphere. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect methane - the first organic molecule found on an extrasolar planet. Hubble also confirmed the presence of water vapour in the Jupiter-size planet's atmosphere, a discovery made in 2007 with the help of the Spitzer Space Telescope. Hubble's discovery comes from a spectroscopic study of light from the parent star that had passed through the planet's atmosphere.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
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