Gliese 486b Shows Off an Amazing Atmosphere

Gliese 486b is scorching hot, but its atmosphere is a dream for astronomers seeking to understand exoplanets

Rivers of lava could cover much of the surface of Gliese 486b, a nearby rocky planet. Image credit: Render Area

Burning at temperatures hot enough to melt zinc, a rocky planet orbits the star Gliese 486. Found just 26 light years from Earth, Gliese 486b glows at temperatures hovering around 430 degrees Celsius (800 Fahrenheit).




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