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The dark planet: A planet so pitch black that will absorb 99% starlight

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Outside world is full of mysteries so is our universe, which contains millions of galaxy which has billions of planets which are very diverse from our earth

some are extremely hot or some are as cold as Antarctica. Among these planets, there is a dark planet which is recently discovered by scientists. A planet which is so dark that can absorb 99% of starlight.

The scientific name of the planet is WASP-104b which was discovered by a group of researchers from Klee University in the UK in 2014. They confirmed its isolated property with the use of Kepler telescope.

Teo Mocnik from Keele’s Astrophysics Group said that “WASP-104b is so dark that it cannot be seen directly. It has almost 0% reflective rays which have never been observed for any planet. Venus has 70% reflective rays while there are also planets which have 10% reflective rays, yet WASP-104b is different from all of them.

The planet is very far approx 470 light years away from earth, it is currently orbiting around a yellow dwarf star which is located in constellation Leo. Due to its submissive property, it has also been known as ‘Hot Jupiter planet’.

The contrast with Jupiter is because of its surface temperature and equivalent mass as same as that of Jupiter.  

It takes almost 1.76 days to complete one revolution to its closest host start which is at a distance of 2.6 million miles away. Scientists suspect that it is due this close proximity of the WASP-104b to its host star that, the planet is so dark.

There is no cloud or atmosphere surrounding the planet. The absence of clouds is because the air is too hot that doesn’t add in the formation of clouds and the reason of its opaque darkness is because of alkali metal sodium and potassium that absorbs most of the lights that fall on the plant surface.