JULIE ROUSSY, MCGILL GRAPHIC DESIGN AND GETTY K2-141b
Far out in the galaxy sits a so-called “lava planet,” where it rains rocks into oceans made of magma and even supersonic winds can’t cool down the 5,000-degree temperatures.
A new study used computer simulations to predict the conditions of exoplanet K2-141b, and found those conditions to be “extreme,” including an ocean, surface and atmosphere all made of rock, according to a news release from the scientists behind the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society study.
The earth-sized planet also has supersonic winds and a magma ocean that’s 62 miles deep.
“The study is the first to make predictions about weather conditions on K2-141b that can be detected from hundreds of light years away with next-generation telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope,” lead author Giang Nguyen, a PhD student at York University who worked under the supervision of McGill