Monday, March 17, 2008

Hubble Detects Organic Molecule on an Extrasolar Planet

Wicked cool ...

On March 19th, NASA will hold a media teleconference to report on the first-ever detection of the organic molecule methane in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star.

The finding demonstrates the ability to detect organic molecules spectroscopically around Earth-like planets in habitable zones around stars.

At the start of the briefing, images and supporting graphics will be posted on the Web at

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's Web site.

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