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Metal clouds and liquid gems seen in the atmosphere of hot Jupiter WASP-121 b

Impression of the artist from the hot exoplanet of Jupiter WASP-121 b. In a new study, researchers investigated the nocturnal side of the exoplanet. (Image authorship: Patricia Klein and MPIA)

Imagine a world where clouds are made of metal and liquid rubies and sapphires fall from the sky. A new study suggests that on Jupiter’s hot exoplanet WASP-121 b this may be a reality.

In 2015, scientists discovered gas giant WASP-121 b exoplanet 880 light years from Earth. The alien world is what is known as “hot Jupiter”, a class of gas giants that are physically similar to Jupiter, but revolve around their stars much closer (hence their “hot” nature). Since its discovery, researchers have further explored this world and its amazing atmosphere.



https://www.space.com/metal-clouds-rain-hot-jupiter-exoplanet-wasp121b Metal clouds and liquid gems seen in the atmosphere of hot Jupiter WASP-121 b

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