Imagine a world so hostile to life that it has a bubbling ocean and evaporating hail. That’s exactly what researchers found in a galaxy far away and it could shed light on the formation of our planet.
A team of researchers investigating the hell planet K2-141b says it is one of the planets “pole” the world has been discovered. A new study of the planet has found that its surface, ocean, and atmosphere are all made up of rocks in many different forms. It boasts a 100km deep magma ocean, stony glaciers and even evaporated rocky atmosphere.
On top of that, the strange world is also battered by winds at speeds of more than 1.75 km / sec, faster than the speed of sound on Earth.
The planet is about 1.5 times the size of Earth and it is so close to its star that it can complete a full orbit several times a day.
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The same surface is also permanently facing the star, which means 2/3 of the planets are permanently illuminated and subjected to temperatures above 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit. This scorching temperature is enough to evaporate the rock, giving the This planet’s a nasty thin atmosphere.
“Our discovery could potentially mean that the atmosphere extends slightly beyond the shores of the magma ocean, making it easier to detect with a space telescope.” Explains Nicolas Cowan, co-author of the study.
The rest of the planet is shrouded in perpetual darkness and the temperature plummeted to 328 degrees Fahrenheit.
Researchers have created models of what the conditions would look like on the surface of hell based on three potential key components, all of which are common in the crust of rocky planets.
“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 of this planetary evolutionary phase, “ Cowan said.
The team hopes to further verify the observations gathered from their models after the James Webb Space Telescope launched in 2021.
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