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Dark World Animation Annotated

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Published on Aug 19, 2019

This animation depicts the exoplanet LHS 3844b, a planet with no apparent atmosphere. Its surface may be covered mostly in dark volcanic rock, according to observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Planet LHS 3844b is located 48.6 light-years from Earth and makes one full revolution around its parent star in just 11 hours. It's 1.3 times the mass of Earth, orbits an M dwarf star, and was discovered in 2018 by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS).

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
Music: Stellardrone (CC BY 4.0)

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