Scientists have found that the extremely hot exoplanet, on which rains of molten iron fall, is even hotter than previously predicted.
Located 640 light years from Earth WASP-76b This planet, named Jupiter, is ultra-hot. planetsis in the class. The planet is so hot that metals on the surface melt and condense in the sky to turn into rain.
Due to its proximity to its star, WASP-76b completes its orbit around it in about 2 Earth days and absorbs thousands of times the radiation that Earth receives from the Sun.
In a new study led by scientists from Cornell University in New York, signals of sodium and ionized calcium were detected in the atmosphere of the planet.
According to Independent Turkish, in Hawaii Gemini North TelescopeThese data, based on observations from , mean the planet is even hotter than previously thought.
The research, published September 28 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Astrophysical Journal Letters, was presented this week at the annual meeting of the Planetary Sciences Division of the American Astronomical Society.
THE PLANET EXCEEDS 2,000 426 DEGREES
“It’s remarkable that with today’s telescopes and instruments we can learn so much about the atmospheres of planets orbiting stars hundreds of light-years away,” said study co-author Ray Jayawardhana.
We will present a complete picture of the diversity of alien planets, from those hot enough to bring rain of iron to those that are milder, from those heavier than Jupiter to others not so much larger than Earth.
Just as only one side of the Moon faces the Earth, the same side of this planet always faces the star. Temperatures on this side of the planet exceed 2,426 degrees Celsius, according to new findings.
Astronomer Jake Turner, who led the study, explains the significance of the findings:
Our and other researchers’ work paves the way for exploring the atmospheres of terrestrial worlds beyond the Solar System.