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Astronomers found Iron raining exoplanet

Date: 2020-03-14 19:52:01


Astronomers from Spain's Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) has discovered an exoplanet WASP-76b where it "rains iron." The conditions of the exoplanet was discovered by Echelle Spectrograph for Rocky Exoplanets and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO). The high-resolution instrument is installed on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.

♦ Exoplanet WASP-76b is located 360 million light-years away, toward the constellation Pisces.
♦ It has days when its temperatures exceed 2,400 degrees Celsius (4,352 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperature is hot enough to evaporate metals.
♦ At nights, with strong winds, cool down the iron vapor so that it condenses into drops of Iron.
♦ The planet always keeps the same face towards its star as it rotates around it.