Exoplanet WASP-127 b may contain water molecules hidden under a cloud cover

New analysis of light coming from a star WASP-127 shows a clear signal of water from an exoplanet orbiting it. However the signal is showing only in infrared spectrum, and not in visible. This might be caused by a thick clouds blocking the water signal in visible spectrum.

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New study used data from Hubble space telescope and VLT observatory in Chile.

Summary

  • Sun-like star WASP-127 lies 523 light years away
  • Exoplanet WASP-127 b orbits very close to this star
  • There is clear signal of water molecules in infrared spectrum, but not visible
  • Scientists think, that there are clouds over the water blocking its signal in visible spectrum

Related stars

Star Star type Distance
(light years)
Exoplanets
part of star image
part of star image
BD-03 2978 Yellow star 522.6 1
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