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The Seasons of Exoplanetary Life

10 May 2018, 17:26 UTC
The Seasons of Exoplanetary Life ESO/M. Kornmesser

Looking for biological products in planetary atmospheres is how we’ll first study exoplanetary life, assuming it exists. The tools for characterizing atmospheres have already developed to the point that we are examining the gases surrounding some ‘hot Jupiters,’ and even talking about the movement of clouds — exoplanet meteorology — on giant worlds. The hope is that TESS will find targets that we can then investigate with new space telescopes.

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