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Strange light spotted over distant 'planet hell' may be the first rainbow 'glory' found outside our solar system

Strange light spotted over distant 'planet hell' may be the first rainbow 'glory' found outside our solar system

Astronomers believe they have discovered an extremely rare, luminous phenomenon known as “glory” in the hellish atmosphere of a distant exoplanet. If this discovery is confirmed, it will be the first time one of these rainbow-colored light displays has been observed outside the solar system.

The exoplanet, WASP-76 b, is located about 637 light-years from Earth. It was first discovered in 2013 by the Wide-Angle Planet Search Project (WASP), which searches for planets as they pass between or transit between their parent star and Earth.