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NEW YORK, may 9. / TASS /. Exoplanet with a high content of sodium in the atmosphere was detected by astronomers when observing stars WASP-96. As reported on the portal Space.com, observations using a large telescope at the European Southern Observatory for the gas giant WASP-96 was carried out in the course of time.
The results of spectral analysis showed the presence of large amounts of sodium in the atmosphere. The resulting spectrum was so clear that it was pushed, the hypothesis is that in the planet’s atmosphere has no clouds. Now astronomers try to detect in the atmosphere, molecules of water and carbon dioxide.
In addition to the lack of clouds, the exoplanet is interesting because it is very large – about 20% larger than Jupiter and very hot. Its mass comparable to Saturn, and so astronomers call it "hot saturn".
Star WASP-96 belongs to the spectral class G8, it is located in the constellation of the Phoenix, her age is estimated at 8 billion years.