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How is the Weather Up There?

Most of the 300 extrasolar planets so far discovered are too distant to discern much about them, but we can infer temperature changes on a few of them by looking at the way their brightness varies. Some of the weather is officially described as “weird,” with unusually high nighttime temperatures suggesting an unknown heat-transport mechanism from one side of the planet to the other.

Researchers at the University of Arizona think that they may have created a model that explains the unexpected temperature variations, involving super-fast jet streams.

These planets, incidentally, are known as “Hot Jupiters,” which strikes me as an excellent name for a porn star. Because I have the sense of humor of a 12-year-old boy.

Anyway. Link

Posted in Space October 21st, 2008 by Chip
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