Storm Detected on Hot Jupiter

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Storm Detected on Hot Jupiter

Post by bipedalhumanoid » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:57 am

A Jupiter-like world orbiting a star 150 light-years away has searing temperatures and winds blasting at speeds up to 10,000 kilometres per hour, according to astronomers.

The storm stems from the planet's blindingly close and rotationally synched orbit around its parent star.

The planet, known as HD 209458b, is about eight times closer to its host star than Mercury is to ours, causing the sun-facing side to reach about 1000°C - hot enough to melt brass.

Its perpetual night side is much cooler, an imbalance that keeps gases in the atmosphere constantly moving.

The weather report from HD 209458b is the first of its kind for a planet beyond the solar system and represents a milestone in ongoing efforts to learn about distant worlds and whether the possibility exists for any life there. ... 935877.htm
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