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ESO Telescope Observes Exoplanet Where It Rains Iron

11 Mar 2020, 16:00 UTC
ESO Telescope Observes Exoplanet Where It Rains Iron

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.

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