Idea of alien life is certainly intriguing as scientists are revealing new planets on a regular basis for last several months. Most recently, scientists have announced discovery of a planet which has atmosphere higher than even most of the stars.
The newly discovered planet, known as KELT-9b has an atmosphere of 7,800 degrees Fahrenheit which is only 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit less than out sun.
The discovery of the planet is part of a study carried out by research team that contains astronomers from Vanderbilt University, Penn State University and Ohio State University. Research scientist from Penn State University Thomas Betty said in the paper, “At these temperatures, the fundamental component of KELT-9b’s atmosphere will be blasted apart into individual atoms during the day. Then as night falls, all those hydrogen atoms will try and get back together, creating an inferno at dusk,” he said. “On Earth, this same process is used to create one of the hottest welding flames known.”
Interestingly, the planet is nearly two times larger than the biggest planet of our solar system, Jupiter although its density is only half as dense as Jupiter. Talking about the atmosphere of the planet, leader of the study Scott Gaudi said, “As has been highlighted by the recent discoveries from the MEarth collaboration, the planet around Proxima Centauri, and the astonishing system discovered around TRAPPIST-1, the astronomical community is clearly focused on finding Earthlike planets around small, cooler stars like our sun. They are easy targets and there’s a lot that can be learned about potentially habitable planets orbiting very-low-mass stars in general. On the other hand, because KELT-9b’s host star is bigger and hotter than the sun, it complements those efforts and provides a kind of touchstone for understanding how planetary systems form around hot, massive stars.”
Researchers are expecting find out more about the planet in the coming months as they continue to observe the planet in more detail.
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