Iron drops rain down over gas giant
Drops of molten iron rain heavily down though the atmosphere of the Jupiter-like OGLE-TR-56b exoplanet, according to astronomers. The gas giant's atmosphere contains iron atoms. As the atmospheric temperatures reach approximately 1,700°C, the iron can form clouds, which could in principle result in precipitation in the shape of iron drops. The planet was discovered in 2002 and confirmed in 2003. Measurements showed that OGLETR-56b only takes 29 hours to
orbit its star, so one year corresponds to only 29 hours, which is very brief.