Hazy Sunsets on Saturn's Titan Reveal Complexity of Exoplanet Atmospheres

May 28, 2014 11:48 AM

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Scientists may have discovered a new way to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets. Working with data from NASA's Cassini, researchers have examined Saturn's hazy moon, Titan, in order to act as a stand-in for other exoplanets in order to develop a new and possibly more effective technique.

The new method revolves around sunsets. Light from sunsets, stars and planets can be separated into its component colors to create spectra, as prisms do with sunlight, in order to obtain more information about a location's atmosphere. Although there are huge distances between Earth and some exoplane...

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