First Carbon-rich Exoplanet Discovered!

Very cool!  (H/T to Rich Rodriguez on Facebook for the link. )

(PhysOrg.com) — A team led by a former postdoctoral researcher in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics, recently measured the first-ever planetary atmosphere that is substantially enriched in carbon. The researchers found that the carbon-to-oxygen ratio of WASP-12b, an exoplanet about 1.4 times the mass of Jupiter and located about 1,200 light years away, is greater than one.

via First carbon-rich exoplanet discovered.

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