Artist’s illustration of temperature inversion in exoplanet’s atmosphere

NASA scientists detected a stratosphere on WASP-33b by measuring the drop in light as the planet passed behind its star (top). Temperatures in the low stratosphere rise (right) because of molecules absorbing radiation from the star; otherwise, temperatures would cool down at higher altitudes (left).

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NASA, ESA, and K. Haynes and A. Mandell (Goddard Space Flight Center)

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NASA press release
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Id:opo1525a
Type:Artwork
Release date:12 June 2015, 14:33
Size:1950 x 1268 px

About the Object

Name:WASP-33b
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:Exoplanets
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