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Wild Winds On This Planet Exceed 5,400 Miles Per Hour

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Researchers using highly advanced spectroscopy techniques calculated insanely-fast wind speeds—seven times the speed of sound—on an exoplanet outside our solar system for the first time ever.

Researchers from the University of Warwick have directly measured the weather on a planet outside our solar system for the very first time. And, it gets pretty windy. 
The winds of exoplanet HD 189733b were recorded at over 5,400 miles per hour. That's more than a mile per second—seven times the speed of sound. 
The brutal gusts of wind were noticed in the process of measuring the exoplanet's velocities using highly advanced spectroscopy techniques. 
Tom Louden, with the university's astrophysics department,

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