Astrophysicists have produced an infrared map of the surface of a super-Earth which has been published in the journal Nature. This event marks the beginning of a new area of research focussing on the dynamics of small exoplanets.
The concentration of ethane in the atmosphere has begun increasing again since 2009. This reversal has also been accompanied by a significant surplus of methane, a well-known greenhouse gas. The exploitation of shale gas is the primary cause of this trend.