The hunt to find the exoplanet closely resembling Earth has picked up the pace in recent years. We have now access to most powerful radio and optical telescopes than ever, probes have left our solar system and are even still sending back some data from billions of miles away. So far, the only contributions to the cause have been half a dozen planets that might have the ability to sustain liquid waterway ahead in the future like billions of years. While on this quest, several astonishing planets have also been discovered by the astronomers. The Cancri 55 e, is one of the most intriguing planets discovered in recent history as it appears to be like hell itself with its eerie composition.
The planet has two faces or hemispheres. One of them is in a perpetual state of darkness while the other one is covered in hot boiling lava entirely. The side facing the sun faces temperature as high as 2,000 degrees Celsius and to top it all off, the atmosphere is also composed of Hydrogen Cyanide, a heavily poisonous gas that can cause death within minutes of exposure. Although none of the outer worlds including Mars itself have been found suitable for sustaining life, this extreme fire and darkness do appear like the biblical descriptions of hell itself.
Imagine a world with rivers of lava and big pools of extremely hot magma. This animation shows one possible scenario for the rocky exoplanet 55 Cancri e, nearly two times the size of Earth. Observations from our Spitzer Space Telescope have led to the first temperature map of this planet. The map reveals extreme temperature swings from one side of the planet to the other, and hints that a possible reason for this is the presence of lava flows. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech #nasa #exoplanet #spitzer #space #astronomy #planet #telescope #science #nasabeyond
The planet is locked with the movement of the Sun just like the moon is locked with us. Therefore, one side faces the scorching star all the time. Even the permanently night side of the planet would experiment temperatures around 1,500 degrees Celsius, enough to decimate a human within seconds. The planet also releases strong radiation that is an indication of its imminent collapse by a blast or implosion.
To be fair, this comparison has a lot more to do with the kind of drama this place possesses or else temperature as high as this or eternal darkness isn’t uncommon in space. More or less every other planet we discover is uninhabitable for us. Even in our Solar system, Mercury, Venus are too hot for us, Mars is a little colder than ideal and has not the suitable atmosphere, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune don’t even have rocky cores and are mostly gases and liquids, supercooled. Pluto’s average temperature is also in the region where gases freeze.
So, even our own Solar System doesn’t appreciate life much. What can we say about an exoplanet billions of miles away from us?