Astronomers Detect Water in the Atmosphere of Gas Planet HR 8799 c

by Ernest Thomas
Astronomers Detect Water in the Atmosphere of Gas Planet HR 8799 c

The astronomers were busy looking out for alien life at the Keck Observatory in Maunakea, in Hawaii. In this process, they managed to learn a lot more about the Gas Planet HR 8799 c. It is one of the four planets that orbit the parent star of theirs, HR 8799 c. It stays at a distance of 179 light years away from our planet. This planet, in a surprising manner, was found to contain water in its atmosphere. As per The Daily Mail, HR 8799 c is situated in the group of stars known as Pegasus and is an extremely large planet. It is approximately seven times the size of the Jupiter. Astronomers have managed to detect the presence of water in their atmosphere. They detected through the spectroscopy of high resolution along with the adaptive optics.

Now, as and when the astronomers could capture HR 8799 c in a photograph, then they utilized the Near-Infrared Cryogenic Echelle Spectrograph spectrometer to get the light out of the gas giant. By doing this, chemicals were rapidly released into the Earth’s atmosphere. An associate professor of astronomy at Caltech, Dimitri Mawet went on to explain that this particular type of technology is moving on in the efforts of the scientists to search for the existence of life for aliens in space. Though the astronomers have been quite successful in capturing different exoplanets in the pictures, HR 8799 is the first ever multi-planet solar system that had its picture captured.

Now the researchers hope that they will manage to achieve the same feat on another. The Keck Observatory Astronomers have even stated that their biggest goal at the moment is to search for the appropriate mix of chemicals, which could provide suggestion there are other planets like Earth, which can host the lives of aliens. Obviously, these planets would require chemicals in the form of oxygen, methane and water. The planet HR 8799 c is known to have water in their atmosphere, which actually helps to take forward the work that has already been done in the observatory.

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