Exoplanet Possessing Metal Clouds That Cause Gem Rains Astonishes Astronomers

Exoplanet Possessing Metal Clouds That Cause Gem Rains Astonishes Astronomers

Nature seems to have endless possibilities, especially when it comes to astronomy. There’s at least one exoplanet out there that could make girls get disappointed that they didn’t try to become astronauts.

A new study that CNN writes about reveals that one exoplanet revolving around a star located 855 light-years away from us could possess clouds made of metal that rain gems over the surface and probably over some extremely lucky inhabitants. There’s no indication that any alien life forms live on the exoplanet, however, considering at least the fact that it’s very hot there. 

WASP-121b enters the cosmic stage

WASP-121b is the exoplanet in question, and it’s engaged in a 31-hour orbit around its host star known as WASP-121. You may have already guessed that it’s pretty hot on the exoplanet, judging only by the short orbital period. This means that the planet is located very close to its star. WASP-121b is also a massive gas giant that resembles Jupiter, meaning the biggest planet from our Solar System. The exoplanet is so close to its host star that it gets deformed from the standard spherical shape that planets usually have. 

Just in case you want another reason to cancel any vacation you might want to spend on WASP-121b for those gems, you must know that the cosmic body doesn’t spin around its own axis as Earth does. It resembles the Moon more, having one of its sides that always faces the host star. This can only mean scorching temperatures being present there!

Tansu Daylan, a coauthor of the new study, said, as CNN quotes:

Hot Jupiters are famous for having very bright day sides, but the night side is a different beast. WASP-121b’s night side is about 10 times fainter than its day side.

Could astronomers find an even weirder exoplanet than WASP-121b? Only time will tell for sure!


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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