Cloudy versus clear atmospheres on exoplanets WASP-67 b and HAT-P-38 b

This diagram compares observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of two "hot Jupiter"-class planets orbiting very closely to different sunlike stars. Astronomers measured how light from each parent star is filtered through each planet's atmosphere. Hubble near-infrared observations were used to measure the spectral fingerprint caused by the presence of water vapor in the atmosphere. The exoplanet HAT-P-38 b does show a water signature — indicated by the absorption-feature peak in the spectrum. This is interpreted as indicating the upper atmosphere is free of clouds or hazes. By contrast, a very similar hot Jupiter, WASP-67 b, has a flat spectrum that lacks any water-absorption feature. This suggests that most of the planet's atmosphere is masked by high-altitude clouds.

These results are not peer-reviewed and were presented at the 230th meeting of the AAS.

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NASA, ESA, and Z. Levy (STScI)

About the Image

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Id:opo1722b
Type:Chart
Release date:6 June 2017, 12:01
Size:2127 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:HAT-P-38 b, WASP-67 b
Type:Milky Way : Planet
Category:Exoplanets

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