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WASP-121b Has Metal Clouds, Astronomers Say

An artist’s illustration of the hot Jupiter with a wacky weather pattern.Illustration: Engine House VFXNew observations of the football-shaped exoplanet known as WASP-121b have revealed clues to its atmosphere and weather. Astronomers

Astronomers Spot an Exoplanet Shaped Like a Football

A team of astronomers studying distant exoplanets found one that seems to be shaped like a football—or a rugby ball, depending on your frame of reference—rather than the usual sphere. The team suspects the planet’s shape is caused by the