Star Wars Lava Planet Mustafar Discovered In Real Space
Much like the ocean, there are a lot of unknowns in space. New discoveries are made from time to time that look as though they appeared straight from a movie or a video game. A new planet has been discovered fitting such a description, appearing as though it came straight from the Star Wars franchise.
The planet Mustafar from the Star Wars franchise serves as the home of Darth Vader, covered in extreme heat and lava. A recent discovery was posted in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that describes a similar lava planet dubbed K2-141b. The planet resides 200 light-years from Earth and 2/3 of the celestial body exists in perpetual daylight. Scientists from McGill University, York University, and the Indian Institute of Science Education were able to run simulations to predict the weather patterns and other environmental conditions of the “hell planet”. While Mustafar saw plenty of action from characters and there have been mentions of flora and fauna being able to survive there, it’s hard to imagine that anything could survive on K2-141b. In fact, the planet is among the most “extreme” exoplanets that scientists have discovered so far.
K2-141b belongs to a subset of rocky planets that orbit very close to their star. This proximity keeps the exoplanet gravitationally locked in place, meaning the same side always faces the star. The night side experiences frigid temperatures of below -200 C. The day side of the exoplanet, at an estimated 3000 C, is hot enough to not only melt rocks but vaporize them as well, ultimately creating a thin atmosphere in some areas.”
Professor Nicolas Cowan of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences explained in the article detailing the discovery that all rocky planets like Earth once started as heaps of magma covered worlds before eventually solidifying into what they are today after cooling off. Lava planets like this act as a look into a unique stage in planetary evolution and begs the question of what Star Wars’ Mustafar would look like after it cooled off.
The Star Wars franchise recently saw the return of The Mandalorian, a Disney+ exclusive that streams every Friday at 3 AM ET. Perhaps fans will see Mando and The Child make their way to the hellish planet of Mustafar themselves. What other sci-fi planets or environments would you like to see in real space someday? Let us know your thoughts on the Hell Planet and more in the comments section below. As always don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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