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The carbon-to-oxygen ratio (C/O) in a planet provides critical information about its primordial origins and subsequent evolution. A primordial C/O greater than 0.8 causes a carbide-dominated interior, as opposed to the silicate-dominated composition found on Earth; the atmosphere can also differ from those in the Solar System. The solar C/O is 0.54 (ref.(More)
The nearby extrasolar planet GJ 436b-which has been labelled as a 'hot Neptune'-reveals itself by the dimming of light as it crosses in front of and behind its parent star as seen from Earth. Respectively known as the primary transit and secondary eclipse, the former constrains the planet's radius and mass, and the latter constrains the planet's temperature(More)
The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. The nearby extrasolar planet GJ 436b—which has been labelled as a 'hot Neptune'— reveals itself by the dimming of light as it crosses in front of and behind its parent star as seen from Earth. Respectively known as the primary transit and(More)
The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. The nearby extrasolar planet GJ 436b—which has been labelled as a 'hot Neptune'— reveals itself by the dimming of light as it crosses in front of and behind its parent star as seen from Earth. Respectively known as the primary transit and(More)
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