These Are The Strangest Exoplanets Discovered

Strange, odd, and just plain interesting information about the exoplanets found by astronomers during the previous few decades.

Since the first exoplanets were discovered in the 1990s, scientists have discovered a wide variety of strange and fascinating worlds circling other stars. Over 300 million planets in the Milky Way might support life. Several more exoplanet-hunting missions are planned for the future, so it’s possible that many more alien planets may be found in the not-too-distant future.

Strangest 10 Exoplanets Ever Found
HD 189773b
This nightmare planet is the nearest “hot Jupiter” to Earth, located barely 64 light-years away. If you had the misfortune to encounter this gigantic gas giant, you would quickly come to lament its beautiful deep blue marble-like appearance as it floats serenely across space.

You would be torn to bits by both the glass rain and the 8,700 km/h winds. The silicate in the planet’s atmosphere reflects the blue light; this silicate turns into glass granules when subjected to the planet’s lethal 1300°C temperature.

TOI 849 b
TOI 849 b, discovered in 2020 by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is a depressing place. Because of how close this exoplanet revolves to its star, a year on it only lasts for 18 hours. Yet, there’s little use in throwing endless birthday parties, what with the lack of ambience and the fact that the cake would melt in the 1530°C temperature.

Yet, TOI 849 b’s hybrid character is what makes it so peculiar. Although being almost the same size as the gas giant Neptune, it is far more dense and rocky than gaseous, and is the biggest rocky world found to date at 40 times the mass of Earth.

WASP-12b, a planet orbiting a yellow dwarf star, is on a death spiral that will consume it in a few million years. According to recent studies, the planet, which is 600 light-years away in the constellation Auriga, is now so near to its star that it is being warped and stretched by the star’s gravity and bloated to the point of disintegration by powerful stellar radiation.

Rogue worlds
Although though many exoplanets are hostile and unfamiliar, and range in size, colour, and density, they always follow the same predictable pattern: they orbit a star. And even if they don’t, While most planets are firmly anchored in a fixed orbit around their star, a few wander aimlessly across space. These drifters in the void of space have no parent star to provide them with light or heat, so their lives are dark and frigid.

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