Hubble spots pitch-black exoplanet so hot it ‘eats light’ from nearby star

By The European Union Times

Scientists studying the exoplanet WASP-12b have made a startling discovery: the planet is so hot it reflects almost no light, making it appear pitch-black.

An international team of astronomers from McGill University, Canada and the University of Exeter, UK measured how much light is reflected by the exoplanet, otherwise known as its ‘albedo,’ in order to better understand the chemical makeup of the planet’s atmosphere.

Only the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to carry out such immense measurements.

“The measured albedo of WASP-12b is 0.064 at most. This is an extremely low value, making [READ MORE HERE]

Source: EU Times

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