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With new technique, UF astronomers find potassium in giant planet’s atmosphere

With new technique, UF astronomers find potassium in giant planet’s atmosphere

Published: Aug 31st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Any driver who’s seen deer silhouetted by the headlights of an oncoming car knows that vital information can be conveyed by the outlines of objects.

Astronomers find two large planets, plus possible super-Earth-size one

Published: Aug 26th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of three University of Florida astronomers contributed to the Kepler spacecraft’s discovery of two Saturn-sized planets, plus a possible third planet with a radius just one-and-a-half times that of Earth, orbiting a distant star.