Another artist’s impression of WASP-76 b

This comic-book-style illustration by Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters shows a close-up view of the evening border of the exoplanet WASP-76 b. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day side where temperatures climb above 2400 degrees Celsius, high enough to vaporise metals. Strong winds carry iron vapour to the cooler night side where it condenses into iron droplets.

Theoretical studies show that a planet, like WASP-76 b, with an extremely hot day side and colder night side would have a gigantic condensation front in the form of a cloud cascade at its evening border, the transition from day to night, as depicted here. 


About the Image

Release date:11 March 2020, 17:00
Related releases:eso2005
Size:4961 x 7016 px

About the Object

Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System

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