A Key to Life? –Hubble Detects First Exoplanet Magnetic Field

    Using Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet data, researchers have identified the first signature of carbon ions surrounding exoplanet HAT-P-11b, a Neptune-sized planet 123 light-years from Earth. The charged carbon ions trace the extent of the exoplanet’s magnetosphere, which is sculpted by the host star’s stellar wind. Charged Carbon Ions The finding, described in a … Continue reading A Key to Life? –Hubble Detects First Exoplanet Magnetic Field