Artist's impression of the extrasolar planet HD 189733b

artist's impression of the extrasolar planet HD 189733b, now known to have methane and water. 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. They made the finding by studying how light from the host star filters through the planet's atmosphere.

Credit:

ESA, NASA, G. Tinetti (University College London, UK & ESA) and M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:heic0807a
Type:Artwork
Release date:19 March 2008, 19:00
Related releases:heic0807
Size:2600 x 3500 px

About the Object

Name:HD 189733b
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:65 light years


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