Astronomers Find Super Hot New Planet, Its Temperature Reaches 2,700 degrees Celsius
Winowofworld.com – Recently a team of astronomers managed to find a new super hot planet. In fact, because it is so hot, the surface of the planet called TOI-1431b is able to make metal just evaporate.
Brett Addison of the University of South Queensland’s Center for Astrophysics is leading the team cataloging the planet’s features. Addison said the planet is located very far away in the star system about 490 light years.
Planet TOI-1431b gets intense heat from its star, which is one of the brightest and warmest ever recorded.
“During the day the planet reaches heat up to 3,000 degrees Kelvin (about 2,700 degrees Celsius), while at night it can still be around 2,600K (2,300 degrees Celsius),” said Dr. Addison as quoted by Brisbanetime.com Australia.
Addison said, this planet has an unusual orbit because it has a “reverse” orbit. Planet TOI-1431b also orbits in the opposite direction to the sun.
Coupled with the fact that stars like the orbital TOI-1431b tend to partner with other stars that are not visible, Dr Addison said they suspect something is happening to reset this particular solar system.
Dr Addison said because of its unusual nature, they were interested in studying the TOI-1431b more closely to see if it had any more unique features, and to get a better idea of why it was so unusual.
“Because it orbits a star that’s bright enough, it’s not bright enough to be seen with the naked eye, but for astronomers, it’s bright and we can use smaller telescopes as a result,” he said.
This planet was first identified by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which is actively looking for exoplanets worthy of further study.
Dr Addison then made further observations in collaboration with the Stellar Observation Network Group (SONG) telescope in the Canary Islands, as well as other facilities.
The University of Southern Queensland itself has three SONG telescopes at the Mount Kent Observatory to help monitor the southern hemisphere’s skies.