Researchers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day side where temperatures climb above 2400 degrees Celsius, high enough to vaporise metals. Strong winds carry iron vapour to the cooler night side where it condenses into iron droplets.
Astronomers detected a giant planet orbiting a small star. The planet has much more mass than theoretical models predict.
Scientists have reported the first ever discovery of a moon orbiting around an ‘exoplanet’ – a planet that exists outside of the Earth’s solar system.
Scientists have discovered a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star that’s only half the size of the sun, contradicting theories that a star so small could form a planet so large.
The recent discovery of a planet around the star closest to Earth’s sun has raised hopes that life might exist around the sun’s nearest neighbor, but researchers now find that Read More…