Jupiter-like exoplanets surprisingly, and disappointingly, dry

July 25, 2014 4:29 AM

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Jupiter-like exoplanets surprisingly, and disappointingly, dry

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discover that "Hot Jupiters," exoplanets that resemble Jupiter, are much, much drier than Jupiter.(Photo : NASA)

"Hot Jupiters" is the name given to Jupiter-like exoplanets. There are three such distant gas giants that astrophysicists recently analyzed for evidence of water vapor in their atmospheres, but they came up dry.

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