The Hubble telescope has discovered something we had a hard time believing!

NASA astronomers have detected a deep royal blue planet some 63 million light years away and it might rain glass sideways!


Northwest Cable News reports:

"NASA says planet HD 189733b is one of the closest exoplanets that can be seen crossing the face of its star. Here’s how they figured out the color:

Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph measured changes in the color of light from the planet before, during and after a pass behind its star. There was a small drop in light and a slight change in the color of the light. "We saw the light becoming less bright in the blue but not in the green or red. Light was missing in the blue but not in the red when it was hidden," said research team member Frederic Pont of the University of Exeter in South West England. "This means that the object that disappeared was blue.”

The deep blue color results from what is described as a hazy, blow-torched atmosphere, which has high clouds laced with silicate particles. The 2,000-degree atmosphere and winds blowing at astounding 4,500 miles-per-hour create the effect of glass raining sideways.

It's not the kind of place you'd visit on vacation, much less be able to explore. But a cool discovery, nonetheless! This picture is an artists rendition of what it would look like.

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