exoplanet

2:04 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

New Technique Used to Detect Water Vapor on "Hot Jupiter" Exoplanet

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Scientists have detected water vapor on other planets in the past, but these detections could only take place under very specific circumstances. The new technique expands a radial velocity technique, commonly used to detect carbon dioxide using light in the visible spectrum, into the infrared spectrum. This has opened up the ability of astronomers to analyze the molecules that comprise the atmosphere of exoplanets that don't exist under those specific circumstances.
Credit: Alexandra Lockwood (Caltech), background image used with permission from David Aguilar(CfA). Media Contact: Steve JeffersonCommunications OfficerW. M. Keck Observatory sjefferson@keck.hawaii.edu (808) 881-3827 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomers using data gathered at the W. M. Keck Observatory have developed a new technique for planetary scientists that could provide insight into how many water planets like Earth exist within our universe.
Special Telescope in Chandler Park
11:01 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Viewing the Transit of Venus in Macomb

A view of the 2004 Transit of Venus
Photo from Heavens Above

A rare astronomical event takes place Tuesday, June 5, when Venus passes between the sun and the earth. It's called the Transit of Venus.

“Unless you live to December 2117, this is your last chance to see it,” said Brian Davies, Assistant Professor of Physics at Western Illinois University.

The last Transit of Venus occurred in 2004. None happened in the 20th Century.

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