7 Amazing Planets Straight Out Of Fantasy That Actually Exist
October 2, 2018
There are nearly 2,000 amazing planets discovered and here are just a few strange yet interesting ones for you to marvel at.
1. The Impossible Planet (Kepler-78b)
Kepler-78b sits about 400 light years off from Earth and orbits around its sun at a distance of roughly 550,000 miles.
Considering the age and also the form of the star it orbits, this impossible planet would need to be created within its sun to be at the orbit it’s in currently as its sun had shrunken through the ages.
Though only slightly larger than Earth in size, it has a surface temperature of over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and it orbits its sun each 8.5 hours.
2. Blacker than Black (TrES-2b)
Is there a planet that is blacker than black?
The answer: TrES-2b.
An exoplanet about 750 light years off from our solar system. This supergiant planet reflects but 1 % of daylight and nearly truly depicts what it is like to be in hell.
However from space, the planet still shows some faint streaks of dark and dull red, the color of super heated gases in this planet’s higher atmosphere.
TrES-2b incorporates a hellish atmospheric temperature of about 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, twice the temperature of Venus, that is also as hellish as Hades.
3. Pulsarville (PSR B1257+12 b, c, d)
This trio of planets were the first exoplanets to be discovered twenty five years ago.
They provide off such a lot radiation that it will blow away atmospheres, and from the radiation it produces, it can give off light shows in the form of auroras.
The foundation of this pulsar is a neutron star, a super-dense fragment of a star left over after a nova or supernova.
4. Deathworld (HD 189773b)
Located sixty three light years from Earth, HD 189773b is clearly best-known for being the sole discovered exoplanet whose real color is known, azure blue. Although pleasing to seem at, it’s still unlivable to human life.
Its blue color comes from light mirrored from particles of silicate, a key compound found in quartz, sand, and glass in the atmosphere.
These particles transform into glass shards that revolve round the planet, carried by winds at speeds of up to 4,000 miles per hour. Its atmosphere’s temperature is around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Warring Siblings (Kepler-36b and Kepler 36c)
This duo is composed of a larger planet and a smaller planet that revolve around each other as they orbit their sun. When they get to as close as a million miles from each other, the larger planet causes tidal forces to create earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and firestorms on the smaller one.
Only when they move from each other does calm exist.
When their orbital paths cross once again every 97 days does the chaos return and start another cycle of destruction.
The situation has been like this for Kepler-36b and Kepler-36c for many millennia as both are located in a solar system about 1,200 light years away from Earth. The larger planet is a rocky planet that is 1.5 times the size of Earth, while the smaller planet is a gas giant about the size of Neptune.
This makes it a must contender in the list of amazing planets.
6. Diamond Planet (55 Cancri e)
The 55 Cancri e used to be an unsolved puzzle to the astronomers who first discovered it.
Why? Well it is only twice the size, eight times in weight, and twice Earth’s density, and is 40 light years away.
The planet was thought to be a very carbon-rich star that looks like one large diamond due to its planet’s high temperature and high gravity conditions. But it has been observed that probably a sizable layer of diamond surrounding a small, rocky one.
7. FireIce (Gliese 436 b)
Gliese 436 b, about 33 light years from Earth, and like many other amazing planets, is completely covered in ice. But it also has a constant temperature of about 800 degrees Fahrenheit, more than the boiling point of water.
The ice covering the planet is called ice ten. Ice ten exists despite the high temperature due to the Neptune-sized planet’s gravity.
Gliese 436 b is enveloped with hydrogen and helium with water vapor underneath it. This mixture is compressed into a thick sheet of ice.
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