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Astronomers have found one of the blackest planets in the universe

Astronomers have found one of the blackest planets in the universe

Planet WASP-104b belongs to the class of “hot Jupiters” – gas giants with a mass similar to the mass of Jupiter and a surface temperature of up to 2700 ° C. Most of them reflect about 40% of the light that hit the surface.

WASP-104b was opened in 2014 and, according to preliminary calculations, absorbed 60% of the light. But a new study showed that in fact, its surface absorbs up to 97-99% of light due to the content of sodium and potassium in the atmosphere.

According to astronomers, after further clarification, it may appear that WASP-104b is even darker than TrES-2 b.

Astronomers have found one of the blackest planets in the universe

Astronomers have found one of the blackest planets in the universe

Author: Olga Ivanova Based on materials: donpress

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