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February 2, 2004 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-44

Oxygen and Carbon Found in Atmosphere of an Extrasolar Planet


Image: Artist's Concept of Extrasolar Planet HD 209458b

Artist's Concept of Extrasolar Planet HD 209458bSTScI-PRC2004-44 Artist's Concept

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This artist's impression shows a dramatic close-up of the scorched extrasolar planet HD 209458b in its orbit 'only' 7 million kilometres from its yellow Sun-like star.

Image Type: Artwork

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and Alfred Vidal-Madjar (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, France)