Thursday, January 29, 2009

NASA Telescope Spots Weather Changes Outside This Solar System

By Ryan Flinn

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Researchers have spotted shifting weather outside the solar system for the first time, on a “hot- headed” planet where the temperature swings by more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of hours.
Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, an infrared observatory, scientists measured heat from a planet as it sped behind its star 190 light years from Earth. The temperature on planet “HD 80606b” jumped to 2,240 degrees Fahrenheit (1,227 degrees Celsius) from 980 in six hours, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement.

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