PIA22565: Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b

Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b


These simulated views of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b show what the planet might look like to the human eye from five different vantage points, illuminated to different degrees by its parent star. The images were created using a computer simulation being used to help scientists understand the atmospheres of these ultra-hot planets. Ultrahot Jupiters reflect almost no light, rather like charcoal. However, the daysides of ultrahot Jupiters have temperatures of between 3600 F and 5400 F (2000 C and 3000 C), so the planets produce their own glow, like a hot ember. The orange color in this simulated image is thus from the planet's own heat. The computer model was based on observations of WASP-121b conducted using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes.

Background Info:

Hubble is a project of international cooperation between NASA and ESA. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages Hubble. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore conducts Hubble science operations.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena, California. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

For more information about the Spitzer mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spitzer and http://spitzer.caltech.edu .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target WASP-12, WASP-121
System WASP-12, WASP-121
Target Type Exoplanet
Mission Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument Host Hubble Space Telescope Spitzer Space Telescope
Host Type Space Telescope
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Infrared
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2018-08-09
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/Aix-Marseille University (AMU)
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA22565
Identifier PIA22565