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March 19, 2008 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-11

Hubble Finds First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet


Image: Artist's View of Extrasolar Planet HD 189733b

Artist's View of Extrasolar Planet HD 189733bSTScI-PRC2008-11 Artist's Concept

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This illustration depicts the extrasolar planet HD 189733b with its parent star peeking above its top edge. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect methane and water vapor in the Jupiter-size planet's atmosphere. They made the finding by studying how light from the host star filters through the planet's atmosphere.

Object Name: HD 189733b

Image Type: Artwork

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)


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