Hubble Discovered A Scorching Planet That's 3x Hotter Than Venus
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Hubble Discovered A Scorching Planet That’s 3x Hotter Than Venus

Hubble Discovered A Scorching Planet. That’s 3x Hotter Than Venus.

NASA’sfound many strange planets over time including one that is 3x warmer than Venus. Hubble is fast approaching its 32nd birthday, but it continues to be one of humanity’s essential tools for exploring the universe. The telescope has been used to find out the age of the universe, gain more information about the Solar System, and provide valuable information about Earth.

Hubble is also great for finding new exoplanets. Exoplanets refer to any planets beyond our Solar System. There are many of them. NASA has confirmed the discovery of 5,000 exoplanets. Although it is a far cry from the 100 billion planets that are believed to be within the Milky Way galaxy Milky Way, this is a significant step in discovering more about the universe.

NASA published a blog post on April 6 that contained intriguing details about the latest exoplanet been discovered. The above photo is an artist’s rendering of exoplanet KELET-20b. The planet is located 456 light-years from Earth. It has a similar gaseous composition to Jupiter. The fascinating thing about KELT-20b, however, is its proximity to its host star. KELT-20b orbits the star so close that its atmosphere is over 3000degF. KELT-20b’s maximum temperature is 3x higher than Venus’s, around 900degF.

Hubble also discovered a hot planet that vaporizes rock.

 

NASA also spoke about Hubble observations of exoplanet WASP178b. WASP-178b, at 1,300 light-years from Earth, is further away than Earth. The planet’s opposite side faces its star while the other is turned away. WASP-178b’s ‘daytime’ side is clear and filled with silicon monoxide. This unique composition and the planet’s location mean that “the torrid atmosphere whips about to the nighttime side at superhurricane speeds exceedingly high, exceeding 2,000 miles an hour.” Scientists believe that WASP-178b’s dark side could be cool enough to allow silicon monoxide to condense into rock. The planet is hot enough to vaporize rock, but it’s still relatively warm.

While planets such as WASP-178b and KELT-20b are not habitable, Hubble’s research on these planets still gives scientists valuable data. Josh Lothringer explained that if we don’t understand what’s going on with super-hot Jupiters, where we have solid observational data, we won’t be able to see what’s going on with weaker spectra when we observe terrestrial exoplanets. It becomes easier to find planets farther away as scientists become more familiar with WASP-178b and KELT-20b. These are fascinating discoveries that remind us of how range and bizarre outer space can be.

 

Hubble Discovered A Scorching Planet That’s 3x Hotter Than Venus
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