No one wants to go to hell – a permanent damn place or a new planet that scientists have not recently discovered.
Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society recently Published Research by astronomers Found Earth-like planets orbit close to their host star, melting their surfaces and turning them into “lava planets”. One of the planets is called “K2-141b”.
K2-141b sits on the edge of our solar system. Scientists have used computer models to predict the conditions of the planet.
Artist rendition of K2-141b (Image by Julie Rowsey, McGill Graphic Design and Getty Images.)
On one side of the planet, at night, temperatures can drop as low as -200 degrees Celsius. Towards the day of experiencing “permanent sunshine”, temperatures can reach up to 3,000 degrees Celsius. Scientists say the rocks are hot enough to melt and evaporate, creating an “atmosphere”.
“Our search means that the atmospheric magma extends slightly beyond the coast and is easy to spot with space telescopes,” said Professor Nicholas Cowan of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at McGill University.
But in some ways, the sinful planet mimics Earth in terms of precipitation.
Water on Earth evaporates, rises into the atmosphere, freezes and returns as rain. In K2-141b, that “rain” contains sodium, silicon monoxide and silicon dioxide. On Earth, rain falls back into the ocean and the water cycle repeats itself. In K2-141b, supersonic winds cause “rain” to fall into the magmatic oceans, evaporating, before turning into rock rain again.
Scientists hope to study more about the planet and confirm their hypothesis that at this point hell will not freeze the planet.