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35 Astounding And Uplifting Facts About The Universe

It is a planet called Gliese 436b and its secret? it's a planet covered in ice (caused by its intense gravity) but it is so close to its star that it stays at 800 degrees Farenheight on the surface!

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Gliese 436 b ,The Strangest Exoplanet Ever -The Neptune-sized planet orbits a cooler, less luminous red-dwarf star (dubbed Gliese 436), completing one full orbit in just 2 days and 15.5 hours. - Credit: Dr. Jason Wright

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So dig this, and it's 33 light years away! ~ETS (Gliese 436 b is a Neptune-sized exoplanet located about 33 light-years away in the constellation Leo. Astronomers believe that it embodies exotic states of water that causes its surface to be covered in burning ice. The pressure on the planet forces the ice to stay solid, but the extreme surface temperature of 570° F (300° C) superheats the water, causing it to come off as steam. - Unbelievable Facts About Our Universe | IFLScience.)

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This artist's concept shows the enormous comet-like cloud of hydrogen bleeding off of the warm, Neptune-sized planet Gliese 436b just 30 light-years from Earth. Also depicted is the parent star, which is a faint red dwarf named Gliese 436. The hydrogen is evaporating from the planet due to extreme radiation from the star. A phenomenon this large has never before been seen around any exoplanet. Image credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, and G. Bacon.

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