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Distant Planets: Warm, Weird, Waterless

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posted on Feb, 22 2007 @ 01:40 PM
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Distant Planets: Warm, Weird, Waterless


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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first "sniffs of air" of two huge far-away planets reveal that they seem to be missing water, a surprising finding amid weather unlike any planets in our solar system with blast furnace-like gusts amid supersonic winds.

The absence of water from the atmosphere of both these Jupiter-sized gaseous bodies upsets one of the most basic assumptions of astronomy.

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