For the first time, astronomers have mapped clouds around a planet beyond our solar system – a giant, sizzling Jupiter-like world. The planet, known as Kepler-7b, is marked by high clouds in the west and clear skies in the east, astronomers, using data from NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes, found. Previous studies from Spitzer have resulted in temperature maps of planets orbiting other stars, but this is the first look at cloud structures on a distant world. — PTI