The glass rain on an alien planet is fascinating researchers. Yahoo! News reports on Sept. 3 that planet HD 189733b appears to be a blue marble, but it is hostile to life. The planet has molten glass rain and temperatures can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
This alien planet has a large atmosphere, but it is quickly losing it. Although its blue color may initially convince some people it resembles Earth, no one will be planning a vacation on planet HD 189733b. The planet has molten glass rain that seems to be responsible for the blue marble appearance, and it also has extreme temperatures and winds.
HD 189733b is approximately 63 light years away. As it continues to orbit around a star, the planet is losing its atmosphere at a rate of 100 million to 600 million kilograms per second. Classified as a hot Jupiter planet, it is also considered a true blue planet because scientists were able to determine its actual color. The temperatures can go up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit during the day while the winds can reach 4,500 miles per hour.
Researchers consider the glass rain planet to be too hot for life, and previous reports about the possibility of water vapor existing in the atmosphere continue to be debated. Instead, many scientists believe the atmosphere has silicate particles.