55 Planet Cancri e: Scientists are learning more about the extremely hot exoplanet with the help of NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope

With the help of NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, scientists are learning more about exoplanet 55 Cancri e, which is about 41 light-years from Earth — and it’s a hotbed.

That super earth orbits a star called Copernicus, which is 1/25th the distance of the mega-hot planet Mercury from our Sun.

How steamy is it? We are talking about a surface covered with lava oceans.

The sun-facing side of the planet has temperatures around 3,100 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to melt iron.

Conditions on the exoplanet’s hot side are so extreme, researchers say, that the atmosphere may have completely evaporated.

“55 Cancri e” was discovered in 2011 and has since been extensively studied by NASA researchers and others.

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Laura Coffey

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