How astronomers mapped the patchy clouds of an alien world

September 30, 2013 8:42 PM

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How astronomers mapped the patchy clouds of an alien world

High clouds in the west, clear skies in the east: That's the weather report for Kepler-7b, a sizzling Jupiter-like world that's quadrillions of miles away.

The scientific world's first map of the clouds on an extrasolar planet has been laid out in a paper accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. It's based on years' worth of readings from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.

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