A Dark Planet That Became So hard To Locate Even With Kepler TelescopeGokul (Author) Published Date : Apr 25, 2018 16:00 IST
A group of Astrophysicists from the Keele University of UK has found something darker in the dark space. Teo Mocnik, chief of the research team of Keele University made a statement that they have found a Hot Jupiter like planet that is darker than charcoal.
Roughly at a distance of 470 miles away from the earth in the planet homed at the Leo constellation with a dwarf host star. The planet has been officially named as WASP-104b that is closely wobbling around its yellow host star by observing 97 percent of the light that falls over it from the star and refuses to reflect it back. Hence the scientists had categorized the planet as a Hot Jupiter.
According to the exploration team, they have located the planet with the help of Kepler telescope but even with the help of Kepler, it tricked them so hard to locate the planet as it looks like there was nothing initially.
This WASP-104b is the darkest planet ever discovered. The darkest character of the planet it may be due to the Hot Jupiter planets are giant gas planets that won't reflect the star lights while venus like planets reflecting almost 75% of starlight that falling on them.
The Scientists are believing that the presence of alkali metals would be also the reason for its darkness as the alkali metals are fond of observing the whole of the visible lights.
The planet's close presence to its host star is also another matter of fact for its darkness as the proximity will make them too hot to form clouds.
Mocnik said that there will a permanent dark side and permanent bright side as the planet is tidally locked to its star and it completes its full orbit in 1.76 days due to its proximity to its host star.
A Dark Planet That Became So hard To Locate Even With Kepler Telescope