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Blue Alien Planet Explained: Inside Hubble's Exoplanet Color Discovery (Infographic)

Infographic: Facts about the hot blue gas giant planet HD 189733b.
A giant blue planet is found, but the color could be due to glass particles in the hellish planet's hot atmosphere. (Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Light from the planet HD 189733b was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and analyzed. Astronomers say that the giant planet has a deep-blue atmosphere, but conditions are in no way Earth-like.

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Karl Tate
Space.com contributor

Karl's association with Space.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. From 2010 to 2016, Karl worked as an infographics specialist across all editorial properties of Purch (formerly known as TechMediaNetwork).  Before joining Space.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University and now works as a freelance graphic designer in New York City.