A Planet Where it Rains Metal

A Planet Where it Rains Metal

Scientists have discovered a planet in the galaxy in which it literally rains metal. The newly discovered extrasolar planet named by the scientists as WASP-76b is approximately 640 light-years from Earth. When day turns to night on the planet, it rains iron!

This was recently published in the journal Nature. The findings came from a 60-day observation of the planet by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. Astronomers used the data to study the absorption of light emitted from the ultra-hot planet and discovered the extremely metal iron rain phenomena.

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WASP-76b only shows one side to its parent star (WASP-76) much like the earth’s moon. The planet’s temperature at the side that faces the star skyrockets above 3800 degrees Fahrenheit and this vaporises metals like iron. The powerful winds on the planet carry these vapours to the night side, where temperatures are 2700 degrees Fahrenheit.

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