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Atmospheres of distant worlds probed with new technique

Astronomers on two research teams, including an astronomer at Penn State, have demonstrated the power of a new technique to determine the chemical composition of the atmospheres of planets far outside our solar system. Using the technique — called narrow-band transit spectrophotometry — the teams discovered the element potassium in the atmospheres of giant planets similar in size to Jupiter.

Read more in PSU press release.

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