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Astronomers have discovered the first exoplanet completely devoid of clouds, according to a paper published on Monday in Nature. WASP-96b described as a “hot Saturn” for its toasty temperature of 1,300 Kelvin (1,027 degrees Celcius or 1,880 degrees Fahrenheit) and a similar mass to Saturn, is located about 980 light years away …

  1. I'm Dugly

    A spring day in Phoenix

    Wouldn't need to turn the AC on.

  2. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    Hmm. Gas giant sized but with no clouds.....

    Highly curious.

    And therefor with the potential for maximal learning.

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Re: Hmm. Gas giant sized but with no clouds.....

      Kinda contradictory though. It's a gas giant. It's made of clouds.

      1. MyffyW Silver badge

        Re: Hmm. Gas giant sized but with no clouds.....

        Clouds usually aren't gas - they're suspended liquid or solid :-)

        1. ravenviz
          Boffin

          Re: Hmm. Gas giant sized but with no clouds.....

          Clouds usually aren't gas

          Or churned up differently layered gas due to convection, coriolis forces, etc.

    2. Spudley

      Re: Hmm. Gas giant sized but with no clouds.....

      Hmm. Gas giant sized but with no clouds.....

      Highly curious.

      And therefor with the potential for maximal learning.

      Lots of learning, yes. But this object is clearly different (heh, pun intended) from others we know, so while it might give us a lot of data, that information may not be relevant to other gas giants.

  3. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    There's not much data available about the planet at the moment...

    Researchers have found no evidence of leaky buckets that can be hacked.

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