December 11, 2008

Carbon Dioxide Found on Jupiter Planet

Another piece of evidence found on the Jupiter planet for supporting the life development outside the earth atmosphere.
Carbon dioxide has been seen on the hot planet Jupiter outside our solar system. The US space agency Nasa said its Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of "hot Jupiter" planet HD 189733b, which orbits a nearby star 63 light-years from Earth.

The planet Jupiter, itself too hot to support the life. But But the astronomers said the observations are a proof-of-concept demonstration that the basic chemistry for life can be measured on planets orbiting other stars.

Mark Swain of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California used Hubble's near-infrared camera and multi-object spectrometer to study infrared light from the planet.

He was able to identify carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, which absorb certain wavelengths of near-infrared radiation.

"The carbon dioxide is the main reason for the excitement because, under the right circumstances, it could have a connection to biological activity as it does on Earth," Swain said in a statement.

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