August 11, 2013 @ NationalGeographic
There is a pink exoplanet circling a star very much like our own, 57 light-years away from Earth. But its origins are a mystery.
In a new study announcing the magenta gas giant, researchers were able to directly image this exoplanet using the Subaru telescope on Hawaii. The color of this blushing body indicates it has less cloud cover than other observed exoplanets, meaning researchers can peer even deeper into its atmosphere to divine its components. (Related: “For First Time, Astronomers Read Exoplanet’s Color.”)
“If we could travel to this giant planet, we would see a world still glowing from the heat of its formation with a color reminiscent of a dark cherry blossom, a dull magenta,” said Michael McElwain, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Facility in Maryland and a study co-author, in a statement.