Q. “Wasp-76b” is recently in news related to which of the following?

[A] Covid Vaccine

[B] Exo-planet

[C] Asteroid

[D] Microbial

Answer: B

Recently, Astronomers have observed an exoplanet (planet which orbits a star outside the solar system) named Wasp-76b where they suspect it rains iron instead of water.  

  • Wasp-76b is an exoplanet that is twice the width of our Jupiter. Its name comes from the UK-led Wasp telescope system that detected it four years ago.  
  • It is 640 light-years from the Earth and is so close to its star that it takes just 43 hours to complete one revolution.  
  • According to researchers, the iron rain happens because the exoplanet always presents the same face to the star which is called as tidally locked.  
  • Earth’s Moon also does exactly the same thing as we only ever see one side. 

Source: ForumIAS factly