WASP-104b – Darkest Planet Ever Discovered Lies in Constellation Leo


WASP-104b – darkest planet ever discovered. The planet has been just observed to be lying at nearly 466 light years away from the Earth in the constellation Leo. According to the scientists, the new planet is as black as pitch, which absorbs 97 to 99 per cent of sun light.

A team of researchers at the Keele University in the United Kingdom discover the darkest planet named as WASP-104b, with the help of Kepler telescope of NASA. Scientists from the Cornell University ArXiv have referred the findings through a portal in their publications reported online.

Because of the utmost proximity, the reflective clouds of the dark planet are ignited, which led to form a misty, thick layer of sodium and potassium atoms absorbing all the light around the planet. The WASP-104b is also known as the hot Jupiter, due to its mass which goes higher than that of the Jupiter.

Teo Mocnik from the Astrophysics Group at the Keele University said in a statement that, “This is one of the darkest planets ever discovered – reflecting very little light from its host star. WASP-104b is interesting because it was not even seen. All planets reflect starlight from their host star.”

“Some planets are highly reflective, such as Venus reflecting 70 per cent of the light, while some others reflect only 10 per cent,” Mocnik added while describing the planet. “When analyzing the highly precise photometric data from Kepler, we were surprised not to see reflected starlight from WASP-104b.”