An artist’s rendition of K2-141b.
Illustrations: Julie Roussy, McGill Graphic Design and Getty Images
Scientists have discovered a terrible, inhospitable hell planet floating in space. And before you say, “Uh, I know, lady. I live here! “Let me clarify: They have found a second terrible hell planet, our alien planet.
In a newly published article in Royal Astronomical Society monthly announcement, astronomers from York University, McGill University and the Indian Institute of Scientific Research and Education presented their model of the atmosphere and weather of K2-141b, a “lava planet”. located about 200 light years away. The hail planet, has a giant lava ocean over 60 miles deep, and winds whip across its surface at speeds more than four times the speed of sound. And, due to the way the small planet moves around its sun, part of it experiences permanent daylight and reaches temperatures up to 5,432 degrees Fahrenheit, while the rest survive in eternal darkness. and the temperature dropped to minus 328 degrees.
But there are some downsides to living there as well. For example, as I mentioned before, hail. On our hell planet, the water cycle is the process where water evaporates, rises to the atmosphere, condenses and falls as rain. The same process takes place on K2-141b, except for rock instead of water. The extremely high temperatures on one side cause the rock to evaporate into the air and then the ultrasonic wind pulls the particles to the cold side, where they condense into rock and fall into a deep lava ocean.
Professor Nicolas Cowan, one of the study’s authors, said: “All rocky planets, including Earth, start out as a molten world but then quickly cool and solidify. The lava planets give us a rare glimpse into this planetary evolutionary phase.
I know all of this sounds pretty annoying, but just think: At least on K2-141b, you won’t have to deal with the Electoral College.