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December 31, 2013 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-06

Hubble Sees Cloudy Super-Worlds with Chance for More Clouds

December 31, 2013: Weather forecasters on a pair of exoplanets would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have characterized the atmospheres of two of the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy and found both may be blanketed with clouds. The best guess is that the clouds are not like anything found on Earth. Their scorching atmospheres are predicted to be hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit — too hot for a rainy day.

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

Science Credit: NASA, ESA, L. Kreidberg and J. Bean (University of Chicago), and H. Knutson (California Institute of Technology)