Titanium oxide detected in the atmosphere of 'Hot Jupiter'

Astronomers from the European Space Agency have analysed Wasp-19b's atmosphere for the first time, and detected small amounts of titanium oxide, water and sodium in its atmosphere.

It is often referred to as 'hot Jupiter' due to its hellishly hot temperatures of 2,000°C, and similar mass to the largest planet in our solar system.But until now, very little has been known about the atmosphere of Wasp-19b, which is 800 light years from Earth. In a new study, astronomers have analysed the exoplanet's atmosphere for the first time, and detected small amounts of titanium oxide, water and sodium.The researchers hope the findings will allow much better modelling of exoplanet at...