SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Christmas Tree Cluster, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Christmas Tree Cluster, More
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December 9, 2008--A Jupiter-size planet (center) outside our solar system is eclipsed by its parent star in an artist's impression.

Carbon dioxide has been discovered in the atmosphere of the planet, dubbed HD 189733b, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found.

Though the giant is too hot for life, the new Hubble data proves that the basic chemistry for life as we know it can be measured on planets orbiting other stars, researchers say.
—Image by ESA, NASA, M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble), and STScI
 
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