12 Strange Planets That Are Both Interesting And Terrifying

We all know that space is weird as it is – its mysteriousness is precisely the reason why people were fascinated with the night sky and space exploration since the beginning of life on Earth. There are things there that are beyond our comprehension, and that defy our traditional laws of physics. Hence, no matter how hard we try to understand and explain our vast universe, there will always be mysteries out there that are yet to be unraveled.

Internet user Anthony Hackett has compiled a list of the most mysterious and weirdest exoplanets – planets, that exist outside of our solar system. Other internet users have also jumped in and extended the list with possibly habitable planets. Scroll down for a low-key space travel and check these astonishing celestial bodies and what makes them so fascinating.

J1407b – An Exomoon Or A “Saturn On Steroids”

J1407b - An Exomoon Or A "Saturn On Steroids"

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J1407b has been referred to as a “Saturn on steroids” or “Super Saturn” due to its massive system of circumplanetary rings about 640 times the one of Saturn’s rings. It is an exoplanet located 434 light years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus and is the only known exoplanet with rings similar to Saturn.

If this planet swapped places with Saturn, its rings would dominate the Earth’s sky and would appear many times larger than a full moon. There is a large gap halfway through the ring system and it’s possible that a Mars-sized exomoon orbits the planet within this gap. If there are any aliens living on this exomoon, then they have an extraordinary view looking up into the sky.

Gliese 581c – A Potentially Habitable Exoplanet

Gliese 581c - A Potentially Habitable Exoplanet

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Gliese 581c is an exoplanet located 20 light years or 120 trillion miles (192 trillion kilometers) from Earth in the constellation of Libra. The planet orbits its star at a distance of 6.8 million miles (around 10.9 million kilometers), only 7% of the 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) distance between the Earth and the Sun. Gliese 581c is tidally locked, meaning that one side of the planet always faces the star and the other side never does— the near side is experiencing scorching temperatures which would instantly melt you alive, while the far side experiences freezing temperatures that would instantly turn you into a frozen snowman. Between these two extremes, however, is a narrow strip of land with better conditions that could theoretically support alien life. In 2008, we sent a radio message at Gliese 581c which is expected to reach the planet in 2029.

Gj 1214b – The Waterworld

Gj 1214b - The Waterworld

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It is the most likely known candidate for being an ocean planet. GJ 1214b has no land, but only oceans that stretch all over the surface. If it is a water world, it could possibly be thought of as a bigger and hotter version of Jupiter’s Galilean moon Europa.

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