Wasp 76b – Iron rain on exoplanet

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News:Recently,Astronomers have observed an exoplanet (planet which orbits a star outside the solar system) named Wasp-76b where they suspect it rains iron instead of water.

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About Wasp-76b:

  • Wasp-76b is an exoplanet that is twice the width of our Jupiter.Its name comes from the UK-led Wasp telescope system that detected it four years ago.
  • It is 640 light-years from the Earth and is so close to its star that it takes just 43 hours to complete one revolution.
  • According to researchers, the iron rain happens because the exoplanet always presents the same face to the star which is called as tidally locked.Earth’s Moon also does exactly the same thing as we only ever see one side.