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Release No.: 2010-14
For Release: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 5:00am

Can We Spot Volcanoes on Alien Worlds? Astronomers Say Yes.

Supervolcanic Exoworld

This artist's conception shows an extremely volcanic moon orbiting a gas giant planet in another star system. New research suggests that astronomers using the James Webb Space Telescope could potentially detect volcanic activity on a distant Earth-sized planet by measuring volcanic gases in its atmosphere.

Wade Henning