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Warm Neptune Has Primitive Atmosphere Around: Research Study Discovers

May 14, 2017 07:09 PM EDT

Water Found In Primitive Atmosphere Of Distant Warm Neptune
(Photo : Close Encounters UFO / YouTube) The exoplanet HAT-P-26b, has relatively low levels of heavy elements in its atmosphere.

Scientists can now understand the theory of planet formation and developments in far-flung galaxies more in detail. This is due to the discovery of a primitive atmosphere around the planet 'warm Neptune' by the NASA. The study has observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes revealing the primitive atmosphere around the planet.

According to Science Daily, the research team which has carried out the study on the primitive atmosphere around Warm Neptune was co-led by Hannah Wakeford from NASA and Professor David Sing from the University of Exeter. Warm Neptune is a planet which is very similar to the size of the planet Neptune in the Solar System, containing the planet Earth.

The primitive atmosphere around the planet 'warm Neptune' means that the planet has an atmosphere which is composed of hydrogen and helium with a cloudless sky. This primitive atmosphere proposes the planet in all likelihood framed nearer to its host star or later in its nearby solar system development, or both, contrasted with the Ice Giants Neptune or Uranus.

NASA reported that the planet 'warm Neptune', astronomically known as HAT-P-26b, is located about 437 light years away from the planet earth and it orbits a star whose age is twice as old as the sun, in a rough figure. The planet also has a strong water signature, but it's not a world of water. But this is the best estimation of water to date on an exoplanet of this size.

The study results on the planet warm Neptune is a breakthrough for the scientists in learning more deeply that how the solar systems and the planets are formed and the comparison between the solar systems. With the help of metallicity of the planet, scientists can determine how the planets are formed. The research paper has been published in the journal Science on May 11, 2017.

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