(ORDO NEWS) — An international team of researchers has detected carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere of exoplanet WASP-39b, located 700 light-years from Earth. This was announced by the University of Geneva.
According to co-author Dominique Petit de Laroche, “this is the first time that carbon dioxide has been clearly detected on a planet outside the solar system.” The discovery “marks a new stage in the search for life in the universe,” the university explained.
The material explains that the planet WASP-39b is a hot gas giant that is very close to its star – eight times closer than Mercury is from the Sun. Due to its proximity to the star, it heats up very much – up to about 900 degrees Celsius, the report says.
Earlier it became known that researchers from the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University in the United States developed the concept of a telescope that allows you to see a thousand times more details than other powerful technology.
Scientists Alexander Madurovich and Bruce McIntosh considered the effect of space-time curvature by gravity as applied to observations of planets outside the solar system.
With the help of the new technology, the researchers hope to take a picture of the planet from a distance of 100 light years.
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