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That Alien World that Rains Iron Just Got Even Weirder Researchers have discovered a huge exoplanet with an extreme climate.. Using ESO’s telescope, an international team of astrophysicists found an exotic planet called WASP-76b, 640 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pisces. A giant the size of Jupiter revolves around a star and is in a tidal position (it takes the same amount of time to revolve around its axis as it does around a star), so it is always turned towards it with only one side. Due to its proximity to the luminary, the planet receives thousands of times more radiation than the Earth from the Sun. This warms up the atmosphere on the day side above 2400 °C, which is sufficient to vaporize metals. Time never receives light on the night side, then the temperature there drops to about 1500 °C. Due to the large temperature difference, the…

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