Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide that is Probably Not Caused by Human Activity

JupiterLikePLanetDrawing.jpg “This artist’s concept shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star.” Source of caption and image: online version of the NYT article quoted and cited below.

(p. A31) Astronomers testing techniques to search for extraterrestrial life have detected carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet 63 light-years away.

This carbon dioxide, though, is certainly not coming from plants or automobiles. The planet, HD 189733b, is far too large (about the mass of the Jupiter) and too hot (1,700 degrees Fahrenheit) for any possibility of life.

For the full story, see:
KENNETH CHANG. “Carbon Dioxide (No S.U.V.’s) Detected on Distant Planet.” The New York Times (Thurs., December 11, 2008): A31.

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