The Pitch-Black Exoplanet WASP-12b

This artist’s impression shows the exoplanet WASP-12b — an alien world as black as fresh asphalt, orbiting a star like our Sun. Scientists were able to measure its albedo: the amount of light the planet reflects. The results showed that the planet is extremely dark at optical wavelengths.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

About the Image

Id:heic1714a
Type:Artwork
Release date:14 September 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1714
Size:4500 x 3600 px

About the Object

Name:WASP-12b
Type:Milky Way : Planet
Category:Exoplanets

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