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In the search for habitable other worlds, Researchers have discovered an exoplanet orbiting a sun type planet 400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. As part of a new class of planets being ‘catalogued’ this is the first to have its mass and density measured which is similar to that of earths. But this is not one we would want to step foot on. With temperatures measuring 2000 degrees Celsius hotter than our hottest day, this is one little hot ball of molten lava hell with no atmosphere. Named Kepler 78b (personally I would have gone with Lava Larry), this hellishly hot discovery is turning out to be a “complete enigma”.

“We don’t know how it formed or how it got to where it is today. What we do know is that it’s not going to last forever” says Astrophysics Astronomer David Latham. Currently the planet is being pulled by gravitational tides and will be soon be engulfed by its sun; ‘Soon’ being in 3 billion years’ time. According to known theories on how planets are formed this planet could not have formed inside the star but it also could not have migrated inwards to its current position as it would have carried on travelling into the star. So how did 78b end up orbiting its parent planet?!

Our universe is an amazing place and just when we thing we come close to comprehending one aspect of it all, a hot little lava ball shows up to throw everyone’s theories out of orbit (the universe has a good sense of humour!) Here are a just a few more examples of how strange and amazing our universe can be..

An azure blue coloured gas giant planet known as HD 189733B rains liquid glass sideways in 4500 mph winds! The glass in its liquid form is what gives the planet its vibrant colour. And we think our weather in the UK is bad!

Lover of jewellery? There is a star made entirely of diamond! It is (so far as we know) the galaxies largest diamond and is ten billion trillion trillion carats worth and named Lucy in reference to the Beatles song “Lucy in the sky with diamonds”. Imagine that bad boy on your ring finger!

Ever heard of ‘Dark Flow’? Maybe you don’t want to. Astronomers have found that there is something too big for words just beyond our ‘known’ universe and they don’t know what the frilly heck it is apart from the fact that...It’s big. It’s there. ..and it’s dragging our universe towards it!! Black hole on steroids? Another universe getting greedy? Or a super massive space vacuum cleaner sucking up the mess we’ve left out there?! Who knows, but this is scary stuff; hence the name!

A dust cloud named Sagittarius B2 smells like rum and tastes like raspberries! Ethyl formate is to blame and a billion billion billion litres of the stuff (which is present in rum and raspberries) flows within the cloud just waiting to be served, poured over some galaxy sized ice cubes!

Mind =Blown!

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