Hellish ‘lava planet’ suffering supersonic winds and ROCK RAIN discovered

SPACE experts have spied a nightmarish alien exoplanet with deep molten magma oceans and winds reaching 3,000mph (5,000kmh).

PUBLISHED: 17:52, Thu, Nov 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:55, Thu, Nov 5, 2020

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The hellish world has been named K2-141b and it resides just beyond the furthest reaches of the Solar System. And this is believed to be one of the least hospitable planets ever found.


Because K2-141b orbits so close to its host star, some of its regions consist of molten lava oceans 60 miles (100km) deep.

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Professor Nicolas Cowan

The scientists also believe the alien planet’s atmosphere and weather cycle is arguably even more bizarre.

They suspect the planet witnesses periodic precipitation of rocks and even raging supersonic winds.

York University scientists led by doctoral student Tue Giang Nguyen were able to study the extreme conditions on the world via cutting-edge computer simulations.

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Space news: A hellish ‘lava planet’ suffering supersonic winds and rock rain has been discoveredSpace news: A hellish ‘lava planet’ suffering supersonic winds and rock rain has been discovered (Image: Julie Roussy/Getty Images)

Space news: The hellish world has been named K2-141bSpace news: The hellish world has been named K2-141b (Image: Getty)

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The simulations allowed the astronomers to accurately estimate the conditions and weather on the extreme planet.

Mr Nguyen said: ”The study is the first to make predictions about weather conditions on K2-141b that can be detected from hundreds of light-years away with next-generation telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope"

To make matters worse for any would-be visitors, K2-141b is now known to boast an unusual orientation.

This means two-thirds of the world is locked into infernally-hot perpetual light while the dark side remains unimaginably frozen.

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