July 17, 2024

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A very hot exoplanet with an atmosphere of evaporated rock

A very hot exoplanet with an atmosphere of evaporated rock

Heatwaves on Earth may be uncomfortable and even dangerous for some, but our planet has nothing on the extremely hot world of WASP-76.

Astronomers have taken a deeper look at an exoplanet where temperatures soar to around 4,350 degrees Fahrenheit (2,400 degrees Celsius), hot enough to vaporize iron. In the process, the team identified 11 chemical elements in the planet’s atmosphere and measured their abundance.