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Heavy metal planet brings the heat

13 Oct 2020, 13:00 UTC
Heavy metal planet brings the heat Illustration: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI); Science: NASA, ESA, and T. Evans (University of Exeter)

With over 4,200 exoplanets now found — alien worlds orbiting other stars — we're bound to see some that are extreme.

But there's extreme, and there's extreme. WASP-121b is the latter. Hard core. Heavy metal, even.

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