PSJC #58 February 19 2010

Mercedes López-Morales

Ground-based Studies of Exoplanet Atmospheres

Detections of exoplanet atmospheres had until now only been successful from space, with the Spitzer Space Telescope as main workhorse. 2009 marked an important breakthrough in this field: for the first time hot Jupiter atmospheres were detected from the ground and at optical and near-IR wavelengths. Starting this year, many new ground-based detections will become available. In this talk I will summarize the latest findings about exoplanet atmospheres, first from space and now from the new ground-based observations. I will also discuss the new venues we are pursuing to extend the science output of ground-based exoplanet atmosphere observations.