In fiction, the efforts of human beings are focused on the search for a planet in which they can be kept the same living conditions than on Earth facing the collapse of climate change. And in that search, they usually come across other life forms (pretty horrible, to say the least).
When they manage to find one that apparently looks good, they run into a hostile place. Interstellar is a great example, The Midnight Sky or the franchise of Alien, are films in which humans set out to explore the universe in search of a new planet with not so encouraging results.
As well. If in reality, and in a future that doesn’t seem so far away, Humans need to find a new home, we are sure that our destination will NOT be the exoplanet HD 189733 b, known to the astronomical community as Rains of Terror. And if that title is not enough for you, here we will tell you why it is the most terrifying planet that we know of.
HD 189733 b o Rains of Terror
HD 189733 b is an exoplanetThat means it is outside our Solar System. To be more exact, the Rains of Terror is 64 light years away of us (not to get into numbers, that means that what we see of the Rains of Terror from Earth, happened 64 years ago).
It is bigger than Jupiter, and Due to its size, it is the exoplanet “closest” to Earth. It takes 2.2 days for it to complete one orbit around its K-type sun, which is at 0.0313 AU and whose official name is HD 189733.
By observing it, looks like a beautiful blue planet similar in shades to Earth. Rains of Terror looks like a beautiful place, but its appearance is a hoax and the living conditions in that place are impossible. Since 2005 we know of its existence, and since then, it has not stopped terrifying us by its atmospheric conditions.
But why is it so scary?
To begin with, its temperature is extremely high. In the day, it reaches 1093 degrees Celsius. The blue color does not come from the reflection of the beautiful oceans as on Earth, but from the existence of high clouds composed of silicate particles. These particles, condensed by heat, form small “droplets” of glass that dissipate blue light, not red.
However. Where did you get the name “Rains of Terror”? Literally, the planet is characterized by its rains and strong winds. But here it does not rain water, but glass or crystals. This motivated the scientific community to baptize it that way.
In Rains of Terror, as we told you, not only does it rain, but there are winds that are seven times faster than the speed of sound. They imagine? The wind reaches two kilometers per second (5,400 mph).
Astronomers claim that if a person got caught in HD 189733 b, they would instantly die not just from the thousands upon thousands of outages caused by the rain of glass. In addition, the person I’d spiral all over the planet thanks to the speed and strength of the wind.
The way it looks comes from a hypothesis that scientists have developed based on the observations made. They can only study Rains of Terror every time it passes in front of their sun. However, with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, they discovered some changes in the color of light before, during and after it passes “behind” their sun.
What does this mean? That it is an extremely changeable exoplanet that has not stopped terrifying astronomers since its discovery. In conclusion, if one day we must leave planet Earth and go in search of a new home, we will not even jokingly approach the Rains of Terror o HD 189733 b.