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What in the Universe: Transmission Spectrum of an Exoplanet Atmosphere

What does this graph of Hubble data tell us? 


 Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: Caltech/IPAC, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University.

  • Hubble data from exoplanet HAT-P-26 b:  Hannah Wakeford (Wakeford, et al., 2017,Science 356, 628–631)

  • Illustration of exoplanet HAT-P-26 b: NASA/GSFC

  •  Animation of planets transiting a star: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

  • Animation of starlight absorbed by planet atmosphere: Dani Player (STScI)

  • Animation of water molecules: Dani Player (STScI)

  •  Animation of the James Webb Space Telescope: NASA, SkyWorks Digital, Northrop Grumman, STScI

Written by Margaret W. Carruthers 
Designed by Dani Player 
Editorial input from Claire Blome, Dr. Brandon Lawton, Leah Ramsay, Timothy Rhue II 
Subject matter expertise from Dr. Hannah Wakeford 
Music from Music for Non-Profits


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!