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Artist illustration of WASP-121b | Engine House VFX, At-Bristol Science Centre, University of Exeter
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Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Hot Planet with Earth-Like Stratosphere

The planet, WASP-121b, is a gas giant that lies about 880 light-years from Earth and shows that warm atmospheres can be found on exoplanets.

The top of WASP-121b's atmosphere is heated to a blazing 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit (2,500 Celsius), hot enough to boil some metals. | G. Bacon (STSci)/NASA/ESA