NASA discovers new planet where it rains glass...sideways
POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:33am
UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 12:25pm
HOUSTON — Recently discovered by NASA, HD 189733b is a beautiful blue, but not because the planet is covered in water like our Earth. NASA says the blue is caused by an atmosphere comparable to a blow torch flame, with daytime temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and glass rain falling sideways in 4,500 mph winds. (NASA artist impression)
Recently identified by NASA, the planet HD 189733b a mere 63 light-years away appears as a beautiful ocean blue much the same way our Earth looks from space.
But if you're thinking oceans of tranquility and tropical beaches, don't book your travel plans just yet.
According to a NASA release, HD 189733b's cobalt blue comes from a 2,000-degree Fahrenheit atmosphere comparable to living on the tip of a blow torch ... that is if blow torch also had 4,500 mph winds and glass rain that fell sideways.
See the planet and read more from the Houston Chronicle.