Hubble is exploring amazing weather conditions at Sizzling Worlds

This is an illustration of the artist to the planet KELT-20b, which revolves around a blue and white star. The giant planet is so close to its star (5 million miles) that the flow of ultraviolet radiation from the star heats the planet’s atmosphere to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This creates a thermal layer in which the temperature of the atmosphere increases with altitude. This is the best evidence to date – obtained from the Hubble Space Telescope – for the host star, which directly affects the planet’s atmosphere. The boiling planet is 456 light-years away. Author: NASA, ESA, Leah Hustak (STScI)

Rose hips evaporate most of the dust in their atmosphere

“If you’re hot, you’re hot!” sang country singer Jerry Reed in the most popular 1971 song. Hubble astronomers can change the text to: “If you’re hot, you’re super hot!”

This is due to the study of planets that are so uncertainly close to their parent star that they are fried at temperatures above 3,000 degrees Related

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