Scientists able to study atmosphere of planet outside our solar system using infra-red
An artist's impression released by the European Southern Observatory shows the exoplanet Tau Bootis b: One of the first exo-planets discovered, and one in which astronomers have measured the atmosphere
Scientists have detailed the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system - and a difficult one at that.
The team, based as the Very Large Telescope based in Chile, were able to measure the amount of carbon monoxide present on Tau Bootis b - one of the first 'exoplanets' to be discovered back in 1996 - as well as the temperature at different altitudes.
They were able to measure the atmosphere without relying on a 'transit' of the planet - where it passes in front of its star.
That is important as, up to now, astronomers and scientists have had to rely on transits to measure the atmosphere.
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