NASA, as always, comes up with all extraordinary experiments. It did just the same again. It created the atmosphere of super-hot Jupiters, in its labs. This was done to understand conditions in exoplanets.
At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, scientists used a high-temperature “oven” to heat a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. They heated it a temperature more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,100 Celsius), which was about the temperature of molten lava.
They baked the mixture for about 200 hours.
“The aim was to simulate conditions that might be found in atmospheres of a type of exoplanets called hot Jupiters”, NASA said. So, they created their own oven and an alien atmosphere in it to understand the conditions of exoplanets.
However, heating this bootlegged atmosphere was a failure and did not produce the desired haze. On the other hand, bathing the same mixture in UV Radiation did bring out the desired result.
Benjamin Fleury, a lead study author, and a JPL researcher said “This result changes the way we interpret those hazy hot Jupiter atmospheres,” in a statement.
This study by NASA provided the first evidence. It showed that radiation plays a crucial role in creating the missile of haze around hot Jupiters. The radiation-powered reactions in JPL’s oven also formed traces of water and carbon dioxide.
The tests were published in the Astrophysical Journal. They revealed some new details about the possible atmosphere humans might come across on those planets.
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