Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b

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spitzer_ssc2018-10a August 9th, 2018

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Vivien Parmentier/Aix-Marseille University (AMU)

These simulated views of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b show what the planet might look like to the human eye from five different vantage points, illuminated to different degrees by its parent star. The images were created using a computer simulation being used to help scientists understand the atmospheres of these ultra-hot planets. Ultrahot Jupiters reflect almost no light, rather like charcoal. However, the daysides of ultrahot Jupiters have temperatures of between 3600F and 5400F (2000C and 3000C), so the planets produce their own glow, like a hot ember. The orange color in this simulated image is thus from the planet's own heat. The computer model was based on observations of WASP-121b conducted using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes.

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6545-ssc2018-10a-Ultrahot-Jupiter-WASP-121b

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

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ssc2018-10a
Subject Category
Subject Name
WASP-121b
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Vivien Parmentier/Aix-Marseille University (AMU)
Release Date
2018-08-09
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6545-ssc2018-10a-Ultrahot-Jupiter-WASP-121b
Type
Simulation
Image Quality
Good
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Instrument
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Bandpass
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Coordinate Frame
Equinox
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FITS Header
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Creator (Curator)
Spitzer Space Telescope
URL
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
Name
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Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
Rights
Publisher
Spitzer Science Center
Publisher ID
spitzer
Resource ID
ssc2018-10a.tif
Metadata Date
2018-08-09
Metadata Version
1.2
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