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Hellish Giant Planet Discovered, Boiling its Sun in Two with its Atmosphere


Sophisticated telescope James Webb NASA’s recent find exoplanet interesting, with very extreme conditions. Exoplanet itself is a term for planets located far away, outside our Solar System.

As quoted detikINET from Space.com, the giant planet has two suns and is named VHS 1256. Its clouds are made of silicates, similar to Earth’s sand, according to an article recently published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

VHS 1256b is located about 40 light years from Earth. This planet is a strange world, not at all like Earth. It is about 19 times as massive as Jupiter, orbits two stars instead of one, and takes nearly 10,000 years to circle its parent star.

“VHS 1256 b is about four times farther from its stars than Pluto is from our Sun, which makes it a good target for Webb. That means the planet’s light doesn’t mix with the light from its stars,” said Brittany Miles, an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona and lead author of the study.

The spectrum shows signs of clouds made of silicates, which periodically rain down on the depths of the planet, moving in an atmosphere as hot as a flame, the temperature of which is about 815 degrees Celsius. Silicate clouds have no equivalent on Earth, other than perhaps in hot sand clouds.

The research team also detected water, methane, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide on VHS 1256b. Yes, there are a large number of different chemicals, making it the largest number of molecules ever identified at one time on a planet outside our solar system.

“This planet is an object that is young and hot. The temperature of the clouds may be similar to the temperature of a candlelight,” said Professor Beth Biller from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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