The floor is lava, the rain is rock and the world is on fire – this is a day-to-day reality for several planets scientists have recently observed.
Scientists have discovered hell-like planets hundreds of light-years away, according to a study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
About two-thirds of K2-141b, one of the planets, faces endless sunlight, as it orbits close to its host star.
As scientists used computer models to determine the conditions the planet faces, temperatures on the illuminated side reach up to 5,432 degrees Fahrenheit. The dark side, however, reaches about negative 328 degrees Fahrenheit.
When it rains on Earth, we see water falling from the skies. On K2-141b, when it rains, its sodium, silicon monoxide and silicon dioxide turn to rock and supersonic winds push the rock back into the oceans of lava, and the process repeats.
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