First detection of Titanium Oxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet

WASP-19b exoplanet transit scheme

WASP-19b exoplanet transit scheme between its star and Earth. When analyzing the star's spectrum, the team detected small amounts of titanium oxide, water and traces of sodium in the atmosphere of the WASP-19b, as well as a strong mist covering the entire planet. Credit: ESO / M. Kornmesser

This observation, published today in Nature, has the participation of an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) collaborator.

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