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Scientist Find The Most Hot and Hostile Exoplanet So Far

By Editor 06 June 2017

While the search continues for hospitable, Earth-like planets around other stars, one team has just found what may be the most hostile world so far discovered. KELT-9b is so close to its star—a hot “A-type” named KELT-9—that its star-facing side reaches temperatures almost as hot as our own sun. From the shape of the brightness dip, the team estimated that KELT-9b is roughly Jupiter-sized with a dayside temperature at about 4600 K.