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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 19 2008,12:02   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Dec. 19 2008,12:12)

Yes, I was listening to a very good podcast on it yesterday, though I don't recall if it was Are We Alone, or Science Update, or maybe the Astronomy Update from Universe Today. It had been a while since I'd been able to listen to many of them at once, so they had piled up. They all sort of ran together after a few hours yesterday, so ...

It was one of those.

....unless it was another science podcast.

:)


I read about it on Phil Plait's blog.  They did it by subtracting the spectrum of the star itself (while the planet was eclipsed) from the spectrum of the star and the planet together.  Really neat trick.

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