Jupiter-like planet discovered 600 light-years from Earth

(ORDO NEWS) — Specialists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the United States reported on the discovery of a rare type of planet, which is similar to Jupiter, but devoid of clouds. The body is located at a distance of 575 light years from the globe.

The mass of the planet is half that of Jupiter, so the revolution around the star takes 4.5 days, and not 12 years. Proximity to the star makes the exoplanet terribly hot, hence its second name “hot Jupiter”.

The spectroscopy method helped Munazir Alam, a graduate student at the Center for Astrophysics, to figure out the characteristics of the atmosphere. The WASP-62b air casing contains sodium and potassium. The atmosphere is cloudless, so it was possible to observe the full sodium absorption lines in our data.

Cloudless planets are rare. Of less than 7% in outer space. For the first time such a body was discovered in 2018, it was named “hot Saturn”.

Due to the absence of clouds, it is possible to better understand how the object was formed. Unique characteristics indicate special formation conditions that must be studied. Due to the clean atmosphere, the chemical composition can also be investigated in detail.


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