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Possible Lava World (Animation)

Science Animations Video • March 30th, 2016 • ssc2016-01v1

This animation shows one possible scenario for the rocky exoplanet 55 Cancri e, nearly two times the size of Earth. New Spitzer data show that one side of the planet is much hotter than the other - which could be explained by a possible presence of lava pools.

Video Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech