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Astronomers found another blue planet which rains glass

Published on Jul 11, 2013 9:57 PM
 
A handout photo released on Thursday, July 10, 2013, shows an illustration depicting HD 189733b, a huge gas giant that orbits very close to its host star HD 189733. Astronomers said on Thursday that they had found another blue planet a long, long way from Earth - no water world, but a scorching, hostile place where it rains glass, sideways. -- PHOTO: AFP PHOTO/ESA/HUBBLE/NASA/M.KORNMESSER

PARIS (AFP) - Astronomers said on Thursday that they had found another blue planet a long, long way from Earth - no water world, but a scorching, hostile place where it rains glass, sideways.

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists from NASA and its European counterpart, ESA, have for the first time determined the true colour of an exoplanet, celestial bodies which orbit stars other than our own Sun.

They concluded that HD 189733b, a gas giant 63 light-years from our own planet, was a deep cobalt blue, "reminiscent of Earth's colour as seen from space".

"But that's where the similarities end," said a statement.

 
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