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1. How do people know what the temperature is on other planets

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1. How do people know what the temperature is on other planets in the solar system?

2. Where can I find data on the changes in temperatures over time on other planets in the solar system?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Cher replied 4 years ago.
Hello,

Temperatures and weather on other planets in the solar system are measured by scientists interpreting data that is either collected by instruments on spacecraft that are launched into space, and/or spacecraft that land on the planets closest to us, like Mars, carrying instruments and robots transmitting information back to earth; in addition. these spacecraft can bring back actual samples of soil, water, etc. from other planets . You can read more about this, here:

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/science_surfing/86963

Because the Earth's atmosphere blocks most of the infrared signals that come from space, and this is how temperature is measured, NASA and other space agencies have launched a number of spacecraft carrying instruments that can measure infrared light from above our atmosphere. These instruments have enabled our scientists to not only know the temperature of other planets, but the weather, too. Several years ago, NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility was launched into space, and it allows us to view objects throughout the universe that would be otherwise impossible to study from the surface of Earth.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
How long have people been keeping track of the temperatures on other planets? And is there a publicly available source of that temperature data, like NASA's web site or scientific research papers?
Expert:  Cher replied 4 years ago.
Hello again, and thanks for your reply requesting additional information.

Please allow me a little time to research this further for you.

Thanks for your patience.
Cher
Expert:  Cher replied 4 years ago.
Hello again, and thanks for your patience.

The information at these sites may answer some of your questions:

http://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/planet_worldbook_update.html


http://www.bookofodds.com/Daily-Life-Activities/Articles/A0618-Weather-on-Other-Planets

http://www.universetoday.com/guide-to-space/the-solar-system/temperature-of-the-planets/

This is NASA's contact information:

http://www.nasa.gov/about/contact/index.html

You should be able to contact them or go to their various websites and ask where more specific information is available, regarding the recorded temperatures of other planets, and if it is available to the general public.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I e-mailed NASA, and I'll wait to see what their response is.
Expert:  Cher replied 4 years ago.
Great!

Please keep me updated!

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