Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

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Why we still need the Hubble...

New Scientist is reporting that oxygen and nitrogen have been spotted evaporating from an extra solar planet.

It's atomic oxygen - so not a sign of life - but still, it's an interesting finding and a discovery that could only have been made with the Hubble.

"Lecavelier cautions that the strength of the signal for carbon and oxygen was "very difficult to extract from observations" and hopes further studies will confirm the result with Hubble, the only telescope able to observe the necessary UV wavelengths."
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