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Hubble Maps the Temperature and Water Vapor on an Exoplanet

Contact Information Available for logged-in reporters only Newswise A team of scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a planet orbiting another star, revealing secrets of air temperatures and water. The map provides information about temperatures at different layers of the world’s atmosphere and traces the amount and distribution of water vapor on the planet.



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Hubble project maps temperature, water vapor on wild exoplanet

A team of scientists including a University of Colorado Boulder professor used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to make the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a giant, oddball planet orbiting another star, an object twice as massive as Jupiter and hot enough to melt steel. The Hubble observations show that the planet, called WASP-43b, is no place to call home. It’s a world of extremes, where winds howl at the speed of sound from a 3,000-degree-Fahrenheit dayside to a pitch-black nightside when temperatures plunge to a relatively cool 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, still hot enough to melt silver.



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Water on earth originated outside the solar system, scientists prove

Human beings have always obsessed over whether they are alone in the universe. Now scientists say theyve proved that at least some of the water on Earth has to have originated from outside the solar system (and they add that its older than the sun). The news has set the flying-saucer-sphere abuzz with the thought that other planets in the universe are therefore more likely to have had water, at some stage at least, and to therefore have developed life



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Earth Has Water Older than the Sun

Not all water in the solar system today could have formed in our solar system The Sun did not wipe out all of the water contained in the interstellar cloud from which it formed, scientists say. Credit:ASA/European Space Agency As much as half of the water in Earths oceans could be older than the Sun, a study has found



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Planetology – National Geographic Store – Shop Atlases …

In a stunning and completely new view of the solar system, an astronaut and a geologist team up to investigate, through parallel views made possible by cutting-edge space technology, how the earth can help science unravel the mysteries of the heavens.



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Springer to collaborate with 5 Japanese societies on an open access journal

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 12-May-2014 Contact: Renate Bayaz renate.bayaz@springer.com 49-622-148-78531 Springer Springer is starting an open access publication of the journal Earth, Planets and Space (EPS) on behalf of five academic societies in Japan. EPS is the official journal of The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences; The Seismological Society of Japan; The Volcanological Society of Japan; The Geodetic Society of Japan; and The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences.



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Oxygen In Exoplanet Atmospheres Could Fool Search For Life

Oxygen is a signal of life on our own planet, but that’s not necessarily the case elsewhere. Particularly when it comes to young planets, signs of oxygen do not necessarily indicate the presence of biological processes, new research argues. Water vapor in the upper atmosphere of a young planet could break into hydrogen and oxygen by incoming ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet rays from the parent star



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DSS 2014: Hyperspectral satellite set to monitor Hawaiian volcano

by Ford Burkhart in Baltimore A suitcase-size satellite called SUCHI is now scheduled for launch from Kauai Island in Hawaii in the fall of 2014, after a year’s delay to fine-tune its hyperspectral sensing technology, a team member said at the outset of SPIEs defense, security and sensing (DSS) event in Baltimore.



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Hyperspectral satellite set to monitor Hawaiian volcano

by Ford Burkhart in Baltimore A suitcase-size satellite called SUCHI is now scheduled for launch from Kauai Island in Hawaii in the fall of 2014, after a year’s delay to fine-tune its hyperspectral sensing technology, a team member said at the outset of SPIEs defense, security and sensing (DSS) event in Baltimore.



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Planetology – Space and Astronomy Definition – Online …

Definition: Planetology: Planetology is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physical features of the planets. Planetology studies include the origin and composition of the planets and other solid bodies in the solar system such as comets and meteors



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Media advisory 4: On-site registration, press conferences streamed online

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 22-Apr-2014 Contact: Brbara Ferreira media@egu.eu 49-892-180-6703 European Geosciences Union The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), a meeting with over 11,000 scientists that covers all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences, is taking place next week (27 April 2 May) in Vienna, Austria. Interested journalists can register on-site free of charge. Those who cannot make it to Vienna, can watch press conferences remotely through a webstreaming link.



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Regolith of small asteroids formed by thermal fatigue

The centimeter-sized fragments and smaller particles that make up the regolith — the layer of loose, unconsolidated rock and dust — of small asteroids is formed by temperature cycling that breaks down rock in a process called thermal fatigue, according to a paper published today in the Nature Advance Online Publication.



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French, American team finds regolith of small asteroids formed by thermal fatigue

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 2-Apr-2014 Contact: Maria Martinez Stothoff maria.martinez@swri.org 210-522-3305 Southwest Research Institute The centimeter-sized fragments and smaller particles that make up the regolith the layer of loose, unconsolidated rock and dust of small asteroids is formed by temperature cycling that breaks down rock in a process called thermal fatigue, according to a paper published today in the Nature Advance Online Publication. Previous studies suggested that the regolith of asteroids one kilometer wide and smaller was made from material falling to the surface after impacts and from boulders that were pulverized by micrometeoroid impacts



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A Question of Atmospheres: On Earth and Beyond

Scientists recently discovered the source of naturally occurring aerosol particles in Earth’s atmosphere that play an important role in cloud formation.



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High-Tech Telescope 'MUSE' Creates 3D Views of the Universe (Video, Images)

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The Science Jerks – Episode 15: Thermology, Astrogeology and Planetology with Curtis Rains – Video




The Science Jerks – Episode 15: Thermology, Astrogeology and Planetology with Curtis Rains Comedy writer and performer Curtis Rainsberry, @crainsberry, chats with us about what lies beyond absolute zero, giving the moon a new moon and why Luke Skyw. By: ScienceAndTechnology

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The Science Jerks – Episode 15: Thermology, Astrogeology and Planetology with Curtis Rainsberry – Video




The Science Jerks – Episode 15: Thermology, Astrogeology and Planetology with Curtis Rainsberry Comedy writer and performer Curtis Rainsberry, @crainsberry, chats with us about what lies beyond absolute zero, giving the moon a new moon and why Luke Skyw… By: The Science Jerks

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Microbes, How Low Can You Go?

The Sun was once thought to provide energy for all life on Earth – meaning that life could not survive without it. In the 20th century, as astrobiologists began to explore the Earth’s most remote and harsh environments, scientists began to question that assumption. We now know that numerous microorganisms are able to obtain the energy they need for life through chemical reactions that do not involve sunlight.



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