A distant “super-Earth” with
a lava-covered surface that is constantly burning is about to be glimpsed by scientists for the first time.
NASA says its
James Webb Space Telescope is “just weeks away” from revealing “55 Cancri e,” which it calls a “super-hot super-Earth.”
55 Cancri e
— which is about 50 light years from Earth — is fewer than 1.5 million miles from its sun-like star
It takes 55 Cancri
e just 18 hours to revolve around its star, compared to the 365 days it takes Earth to go around our sun.
NASA said of 55 Cancri e.
“With surface temperatures far above the melting point of typical rock-forming minerals, the day side of the planet is thought to be covered in oceans of lava,”
“super-Earths” as “a class of planets unlike any in our solar system.