Astronomers have discovered a hell planet with hail, deep ocean of lava and a clock with wind speeds more than 3,000 miles per hour.
The planet K2-141b exists more than 200 light-years away and is one of the “most extreme” planets ever discovered, according to an article published Tuesday in the Monthly Notice. of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The scientists say they are being beaten by wind four times the speed of sound and have an ocean of lava more than 60 miles deep.
The planet also has a one-way minus 328 degrees Fahrenheit – as low as it can freeze nitrogen.
On the other part of the planet, the temperature rises to 5,432 degrees Fahrenheit, high enough to evaporate the rock. The extremely high temperatures allow the rocks to precipitate as if they were particles of water, the scientists say.
Similar to the Earth, particles follow cycles in which they evaporate, rise into the atmosphere, condense and then return as rain. But on K2-141b, the evaporated particles were pulled towards the ice by the supersonic wind – causing hail to return to the lava ocean, the Telegraph reported.
However, scientists say they predict that the planet’s mineral composition will change over time.
“All the rocky planets, including the Earth, started out as a molten world but then quickly cooled down and solidified. The lava planets give us a rare glimpse into this planetary evolutionary phase, ”said one of the authors, Professor Nicolas Cowan of McGill University.