New study finds evidence of an atmosphere on a rocky planet for the first time

May 8, 2024

55 Cancri e, an exoplanet

Gas bubbling up from a lava-covered surface on 55 Cancri e may feed an atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide.

Assistant Professor Diana Dragomir and recent Astrophysics degree recipient Michael Bess were part of a recent study A Secondary Atmosphere on the Rocky Exoplanet 55 Cnc e, which used images from the James Webb Space Telescope to analyze light emitted by the exoplanet and its star.

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