NASA lab brews up alien atmospheres here on Earth

For this study, the researchers focused on a well-documented type of planet known as a “hot Jupiter.” As the name suggests, these are gas giants like our own Jupiter that orbit their parent star so closely that their atmospheres are blisteringly hot. Being that close up, many take less than 10 days to orbit their stars, and have been known to regularly reach temperatures as high as 5,000° F (2,800° C).

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