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Largest ever Hubble telescope survey reveals what makes some exoplanets hot

An analysis of hundreds of hours of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed what makes some exoplanets incredibly hot.

In a new study, a team of scientists analyzed the atmospheres of 25 so-called hot Jupiters, exoplanets about as big as Jupiter. These planets, however, orbit extremely close to their parent stars, even closer than Mercury orbits to the sun, making them extremely hot. This new study suggests that the atmospheres of these exoplanets exhibit some unusual thermal behavior that could be related to the planets’ chemical composition.

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