NASA’s telescope reveals that the scorching planet WASP-107b has sand clouds

NASA’s telescope reveals that the scorching planet WASP-107b has sand clouds

An artist's impression of WASP-107B and its parent star.

A gas giant planet located 200 million light-years away has caught the attention of astronomers who have long been fascinated by its light, “fluffy” composition not unlike cotton candy.

But recent observations of the exoplanet called WASP-107b reveal an alien world that is even stranger than researchers realized.

Using data from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a team of European astronomers was able to draw some conclusions about the composition of the atmosphere of the Neptune-like gas giant. Not only is the exoplanet very hot (with an outer atmosphere over 900 degrees Fahrenheit), but researchers have found that it is home to sand clouds high in the atmosphere that can fall like rain onto its surface.

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