Clouds of rubies and sapphires, a thousand light years away

Logan Sachon

Scientists believe the clouds of a planet in a far-off galaxy could be made of the same materials that make up precious jewels.

A new study published by scientists at the University of Warwick reveals that planet HAT-P-7b, 1,040 light years from Earth, may have clouds made of rubies and sapphires.

The study, published in Nature Astronomy, uses data from NASA’s Kepler mission, a space telescope that spent four years pointed at the planet.

Scientists believe the clouds are made of corundum, the same mineral that forms rubies and sapphires.The clouds themselves would be visually stunning,” reads the statement from the researchers.

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