Astronomers discover clouds on a distant exoplanet

(ORDO NEWS) — Experts used observations from orbiting as well as ground-based telescopes in order to get the closest possible view of the exoplanet WASP-127b. It is located at a great distance from our planet. Scientists managed to find clouds on it. Additionally, they were able to measure their height, as well as establish the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

It is reported by Futurism.

Romain Allard of the University of Montreal noted that now it is possible to collect the maximum amount of new information about a wide variety of exoplanets.

WASP-127b is the exoplanet that rapper Lil Uzi Vert once wanted to buy. It is also called “the world of hot Saturn.” The exoplanet has almost the same mass as the gas giant Saturn. A feature of the planet is its closest position to the star. It only takes four days for a full turnaround. At the same time, the temperature on the surface reaches a thousand degrees.

In the course of the study, experts found that sodium and water vapor are present in the exoplanet’s atmosphere in large quantities. They linger right under the clouds at a fairly low altitude. It was also possible to measure at what height the clouds are and the atmospheric pressure of the planet. In the future, experts expect to receive even more information about WASP-127b, as well as about the structure of its atmosphere.


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