NASA Reveals 'Rains of Terror' Storms on Hot Jupiter HD 189733b

Nov 02, 2016 05:33 AM EDT

Hot Jupiters interest scientists and astronomers ever since a number of these exoplanets were identified. Surprisingly, these types of exoplanets are considered some of the most terrifying destinations in the galaxies where storms dubbed as "rains of terror" occur.

In Hot Jupiter HD 189733b mind-boggling storms were identified; scientists and astronomers call these storms 'rains of terror' due to its vicious nature. NASA has an Exoplanet Exploration Site where viewers can find 'alien worlds' and the most terrifying destinations in the galaxy, including hot Jupiter HD 189733b. This November, NASA urges the public to visit the website to explore some spooky destinations and to learn more about exoplanets specifically hot Jupiters.

Hot Jupiter HD 18733b looks like a serene blue planet from NASA image, but as they say, looks are deceiving. The weather in the said exoplanet is deadly with winds capable of blowing up to 5,400 mph that could even max out at seven times the speed of sound. In an Earth-borne comparison, that speed is capable of sending humans spinning around the planet in seconds. NASA also warns that the storms in this exoplanets are so deadly and can kill thousands in an instant if they happened on Earth.

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Exoplanet HD HD 189733b's blue hue originates not from the reflection of oceans. "The cobalt blue color comes not from the reflection of a tropical ocean, as on Earth, but rather a hazy, blow-torched atmosphere containing high clouds laced with silicate particles," a NASA official said in the photo description of the exoplanet.

The Exoplanet Exploration Site also houses other eerily interesting facts about exoplanets categorized in wittingly Halloween-themed sections called the Eternal Darkness, Twilight Zone, Zombie Worlds, Kepler's Inferno and Monster Mash.  The website is a fun and spooky place to get to know the most terrifying objects in the universe.

These exoplanets may not be categorized as 'habitable' but they can provide data and scientific knowledge about the formation of the universe that may give benefits to humans in the future. 


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