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).
NASA, ESA, and K. Haynes and A. Mandell (Goddard Space Flight Center)
About the Image
|Release date:||12 June 2015, 14:33|
|Size:||1950 x 1268 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System|