NASA Has Discovered An Earth-Like Planet, But There’s A Catch

NASA has discovered a planet which has been described as an “ExoPlanet” very similar to Earth, but there’s just one small catch.

On this earth-like planet, it rains lava. That’s right, it pours lava from the sky. This planet’s climate is so unique

In a press release from both NASA and McGill, the planet known as K2-141b was officially revealed. It’s about the same size as Earth, and has an atmosphere made of rocks. As a result, the planet has extreme weather patterns that are rarely seen.

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Findings state that temperatures here range from lava-hot to below -200 Celsius

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Credit: Julie Russey, McGill Graphic Design

NASA Earth Planet – What’s The Study Behind K2-141b?

Nicolas Cowan from the Royal Astronomical Society said “Our finding likely means that the atmosphere extends a little beyond the shore of the magma ocean, making it easier to spot with space telescopes.”

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Giang Nyugen, who works under Cowan’s supervision, added “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.”

Cowan stated “All rocky planets­, including Earth, started off as molten worlds but then rapidly cooled and solidified. Lava planets give us a rare glimpse at this stage of planetary evolution.”

So perhaps one day this strange planet will become more akin to our Earth. It’s definitely hard to imagine a planet where the rain is lava, but it’s the reality somewhere out there. Personally I think I prefer normal rain, but that’s just me.

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Featured Image Credit: NASA