UofT astronomer studies extreme weather on other planets

This is cool research. It'll be even more interesting when we can see the other planets close enough to see the storms.

As a Banting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, Dr. Leconte is examining the extreme diversity of atmospheres and climate on planets that orbit stars outside our solar system, known as extrasolar planets. Some extrasolar planets have habitable zones similar to Earth while others experience temperatures exceeding 2200°C and winds at supersonic speeds. Understanding such extreme environments will help scientists unravel the fundamental processes governing climate in general—knowledge that is relevant for all worlds, including earth.