The planet called WASP-79b is really exotic, and among other things, its atmospheric craziness is one of the strange things that this alien planet has.
This is a gas-giant exoplanet that’s located at about 780 light-years from our planet and it circles close to the host star. It completes one orbit every 3.7 Earth days. The proximity makes the planet really hot, and the average temperature is of about 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit which is about 1,650 degrees Celsius, according to the latest reports coming from NASA.
All this heat is puffing up the planet and it makes it one of the largest alien worlds that’s even been observed.
The planet is only 85% as massive as Jupiter but it’s 1.7 times wider than our solar system’s biggest planet.
Iron rain falls on the planet
More than that, it’s been revealed that the alien world has some pretty strange air. Through its skies, there’s iron rain falling and this would sport a really yellowish hue, according to a recent study.
“This is a strong indication of an unknown atmospheric process that we’re just not accounting for in our physical models. I’ve shown the WASP-79b spectrum to a number of colleagues, and their consensus is ‘that’s weird,’” lead author Kristin Showalter Sotzen stated.
“Because this is the first time we’ve seen this, we’re really not sure what the cause is,” she said.
She continued and explained that “We need to keep an eye out for other planets like this because it could be indicative of unknown atmospheric processes that we don’t currently understand. Because we only have one planet as an example, we don’t know if it’s an atmospheric phenomenon linked to the evolution of the planet.”
On the other hand, it’s been also revealed that even if iron rain might sound really strange, this is not that rare after all and it’s present on this hot Jupiter as well.
The study was published in the Astronomical Journal and you can check out more data there.