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Title: The post-transit tail of WASP-107b observed at 10830Å
Authors: J. J. Spake, A. Oklopčić, L. A. Hillenbrand
First Author’s Institution: California Institute of Technology
Status: Submitted to AJ
Since the ground-breaking confirmation of the first exoplanet in 1992, astronomers have been finding and characterizing thousands of alien worlds in hopes of understanding the mechanisms behind planetary formation and evolution. Unsurprisingly, we get very excited about finding planets similar to ours, located in the “Goldilocks Zone” where potential life could thrive. But let’s not neglect the hidden gems that orbit much closer to their host stars! Not only are these among the first exoplanets we ever found, but their close proximity to their host stars gives us the unique opportunity to detect something that we wouldn’t be able to see otherwise: their atmospheres.
A Puffy Planet
A variety of different elements and spectral lines have been used to study exoplanet atmospheres: Lyman-α ...