The findings showed that scientists can identify gases in the atmosphere of planets lightyears away from Earth, which could eventually allow researchers to find a planet with an atmosphere that could sustain life.
The planet, known as HD 209458b or Osiris, is a gas giant 150 lightyears from Earth. It orbits a star similar to the sun, the scientists said.
The findings of the team of scientists, led by Alfred Vidal-Madjar of the Astrophysics Institute of Paris, will be published in the US-based Astrophysical Journal Letters. - WASHINGTON (AFP) Feb 02, 2004