Thursday, February 22, 2007

NASA's Spitzer First To Crack Open Light of Faraway Worlds

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, to identify molecules in their atmospheres. The landmark achievement is a significant step toward being able to detect possible life on rocky exoplanets and comes years before astronomers had anticipated.

(Via Universe Today.)

1 comment:

W.M. Bear said...

Pretty amazing. The kid in me still loves this stuff even though it's got nothing to do with ETI (or CTI).