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An Alien Planet Where it Rains Molten Glass

By on Aug 31, 2013 in Astonishing Discoveries | 0 comments

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Molten Glass on Hot Jupiter Planet?

 

There is so much of the universe undiscovered by mankind. It will be like that for a long time. However, through the efforts of Kepler we are able to understand a little more about alien planets. This particular alien planet rains molten glass. Yes that is right, molten glass. This planet is called HD 189733b and it is located 63 light years away (or 63 x 10 trillion km = distance in km to that planet, just f.y.i) and was first discovered in 2005. This was also the first extrasolar planet to have a thermal map constructed. One of the most interesting facts about this planet is that it orbits it’s host star in 2.2 days!! Now the reason that is astounding is because it takes Earth 365.25 days to travel around the Sun. The speed of this alien planet is travelling at 152.5 km per second where Earth travels at a mere 27.8 km per second. Unfortunately this Jupiter size planet is 973 kelvin or a scorching 700 degree celsius! Taking a closer look at the planet the color would appear blue to you. However, not friendly like Earth of course. The clouds are laced with silicate particles where small shards of glass would scatter more blue light than red light. If you are already intrigued by this planet then watch this awesome video from NASA.

 

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