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This extremely intense planet is basically hell

November 5th, 2020

Astronomers have spotted a distant exoplanet that is so incredibly extreme, life as we know it wouldn’t last there for a second. Temperatures of over 3,000C, oceans of lava, and supersonic winds terrorize the planet’s surface, while the intense heat vaporizes rock that then rains down from above. The planet is tidally locked to its …

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This ‘Pi Planet’ orbits is star every 3.14 days

September 22nd, 2020

Astronomers have spotted an exoplanet orbiting a cool star that completes a year in just 3.14 days. Nicknamed the “Pi Planet” or “Pi Earth,” the roughly Earth-sized world is extremely hot. Its surface temperature is around 350 degrees Fahrenheit… which is a great temperature for baking pie. You don’t have to be a total math …

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An incredibly tiny satellite just discovered another world

June 4th, 2020

A tiny exoplanet-hunting satellite called ASTERIA managed to spot a distant world twice the size of Earth. The satellite detected the scorching hot world 55 Cancri e. In the future, microsatellites may play a more important role in planet-hunting. It wasn’t that long ago that astronomers could only dream of having the technological might to …

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This ultra-hot exoplanet has yellow skies and iron rain

May 12th, 2020

Exoplanet WASP-79b is a massive gas giant with incredibly hot atmospheric temperatures. Its atmosphere isn’t capable of scattering like in the way that Earth’s atmosphere does, so the daytime skies would look yellow instead of blue. Like other hot Jupiter exoplanets, it’s thought that WASP-19b has iron rain due to its heat. Visit BGR’s homepage …

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Astronomers spotted a massive exoplanet, and then it disappeared

April 21st, 2020

Exoplanet Fomalhaut b (also known as Dagon) disappeared before astronomers’ eyes after being detected multiple times. A new theory suggests the would-be planet was actually a cloud of debris left over from a collision between two large icy objects. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. It wasn’t that long ago that astronomers could only dream …

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Astronomers are watching an exoplanet die right before their eyes

February 22nd, 2020

Detecting the presence of a new exoplanet hundreds of light-years away is always exciting for astronomers, but not all newly-discovered planets are created equal. Some are undeniably more interesting than others, and the planet known as NGTS-10b is most certainly one of the more intriguing worlds scientists have found. The planet isn’t Earth-like or promising …

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A 17-year-old NASA intern just discovered a brand new planet

January 10th, 2020

I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 years old, I wasn’t doing very much planet-hunting. Wolf Cukier of Scarsdale High School is different. Not only was he accepted as an intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center after his junior year, but he also managed to make a name for himself just …