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Scientists Spot Clouds On An Exoplanet

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Kepler-7b next to Jupiter

Kepler-7b next to Jupiter

The search for potentially habitable planets not yet saddled by ridiculous government shutdowns (I’m going to keep bringing it up until these assholes cut it out) has been a consistent topic in the news lately, despite NASA’s current crippled status. Mars has water, Cereshas ice, and now scientists have spotted clouds in the atmosphere of Kepler-7b.

Kepler-7b was, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, discovered by the Kepler telescope back when it was fully operational and in the business of spotting “candidate” planets. In fact, it was one of the first five planets identified, though it wasn’t confirmed until 2009. Like other candidate planets, Kepler-7b orbits a star, though one much larger and hotter than ours, and is often referred to as a “hot Jupiter.” This means that it shares characteristics with the giant planet, but is far hotter due to its closer proximity to its sta. 7b is also much bigger than Jupiter.