Extrasolar planet causes astonishment in the scientific community

Planeta extrasolar causa asombro en la comunidad científica

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The extra-solar planet lacks clouds.
Scientists have been studying not only the existing planets in our solar system, but also those extrasolar planets that in one way or another manage to capture the attention of experts from the different space agencies currently in existence. This time one of the exoplanets named WASP-96b has caused great astonishment in the scientific community because of the lack of clouds in its atmosphere. So far it is the only celestial body that has large amounts of sodium and that generates the lack of clouds.

Without a doubt this is a sample of the great advances in science, since a group of international scientists were in charge of discovering and making known this particularity of WASP-96b and it is estimated that more things can be discovered related to this extrasolar planet as well as to the rest of celestial bodies that are located beyond our solar system.

The atmosphere of the extrasolar planet was studied.
Nikolay Nikolov, a professor at Exeter University was one of the scientists who led the research and used the VLT (Very Large Telescope) in one of Chile’s laboratories, so they could study the atmosphere of the exoplanet and conclude that it had no clouds around it. Significant amounts of sodium can only be detected when there are no clouds and this is the case with the extra-solar planet. They were even able to determine that the sodium percentages in WASP-96b are almost equal to those found in our solar system.


At least 20 exoplanets have been studied in the universe and only this has yielded positive study results. In addition, they gave detailed information about the celestial body, for example, which is similar to saturated mass, but is at least 20% larger than Jupiter, and also that its temperature exceeds 1,000 degrees Celsius and revolves around a star very similar to the sun at about 980 light years.



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