Cloudy nights, sunny days, and a high of 2,400F: Nasa reveals what life on distant 'hot Jupiters' would be like
Clouds may dominate the skies on the ‘night side’ of hot Jupiter planets, made up primarily of manganese sulphide or silicates that rain down onto the planet’s interior.
In a new study combining data from Nasa’s Kepler space telescope and computer modelling techniques, researchers have pinpointed the locations where clouds may gather on these scorching exoplanets, which are too far away for these features to be seen.
This has revealed that the distribution patterns and composition of the clouds are temperature-dependent, with ‘cooler’ hot Jupiters forming different clouds than those with... read more
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