Astonomers may have discovered the universe’s most ironic exoplanet

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A team of astronomers may have discovered a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet with an atmosphere that snows titanium oxide – a kind of sunscreen – exclusively on the one side of the planet that is bathed in perpetual darkness. The study, which definitively proves that the universe has a great sense of humor, could one day be used to inform astronomers trying to judge the habitability of atmosphere-hosting Earth-sized planets. Kepler-13Ab, the subject of the new study, was chosen to be observed by the Hubble Space Telescope because it represents one of the hottest exoplanets known to astronomers, with a scorching dayside temperature of almost 5,000 °F (2,760 °C). The high temperatures experienced by Kepler-13Ab

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