Taylor Bell, lead author of the paper and a Master's student in astronomy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, said the results were surprising.
Like all Hot Jupiters, WASP-12b is similar in mass to Jupiter (1.35 to 1.43 Jupiter masses) and orbits very close to its star.
The worldwide experts found that the exoplanet's albedo was 0.064 at most, making it almost as dark as the asphalt. "The low albedo shows we still have a lot to learn about WASP-12b and other similar exoplanets".
Since its discovery in 2008, several telescopes have studied WASP-12b, including Hubble, NASA'sSpitzer Space Telescope, and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. These are quite important, since they usually reflect the light of the star back into space. That short distance means that the planet's surface could top 2600 degrees Celsius, which may mean its atmosphere is actually responsible for absorbing so much of the light that hits the planet.
WASP-12b is about twice as large as Jupiter and completes an orbit around its star in a little more than a day.
The "goth" planet and its star are located some 1,400 light years away from Earth, so it's not exactly feasible to go check it out for ourselves.
"There are other hot Jupiters that have been found to be remarkably black, but they are much cooler than WASP-12b", Bell said. . The new data indicate that the WASP-12b atmosphere is composed of atomic hydrogen and helium. This is in contrast to the Bond albedo, which describes the total amount of energy reflected across all wavelengths and always falls in the range of 0 to 1.
WASP-12b was observed by the scientists because they were very keen to know the reason behind it being so dark as well as hot.
Because of its orbit, temperatures on the day side of the planet are estimated to reach as high as 2811 K (2538 °C; 4600 °F).
The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of worldwide cooperation between ESA and NASA. WASP-12b's temperature is so hot that it could break hydrogen molecule into atomic hydrogen resulting in an atmosphere equivalent to that of a low-mass star. This leads to the low albedo of the exoplanet.
Therefore, clouds probably can not form to reflect light back into space.
WASP-12b is just the second exoplanet to have its albedo measured spectrally in this manner.
Back in 2013, scientists working with the HST detected traces of water vapor in the atmosphere (and possible traces of clouds as well) while studying the day/night boundary. Scientists revealed that the WASP-did not show any color preference and looked like a red hot glowing planet because of excess heat.
"The fact that the first two exoplanets with measured spectral albedo exhibit significant differences demonstrates the importance of these types of spectral observations and highlights the great diversity among hot Jupiters", Bell concludes.
Nico Hulkenberg went an impressive fifth-fastest for Renault ahead of McLaren pair Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso . Sergio Perez was eighth-quickest for Force India with team mate Esteban Ocon rounding out the top 10.
Real Madrid now sit seventh in La Liga with just five points from a possible nine. "No one's apologised. Real Madrid will be buzzing to get their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo back in the team for this fixture.
A state inspection report in February 2016 cited the facility for failing to comply with regulations for emergency generators. Portable units and fans were being used, but the city of Hollywood said the facility was still "excessively hot".
The series will see the likes of Virat Kohli - now the world's top ODI batsman take on world's top ODI bowler Josh Hazelwood. We all are aggressive in nature, both the teams. "We have got guys who can take on the role and performwell", Rohit said.
Three patients were found dead at the home, and two others died after arriving at the hospital, according to officials there . In Florida, some 2.69 million homes and businesses were still without power on Thursday, or about 1 in 4 Florida customers.
Gujarat is expected to get 16 percent share, Madhya Pradesh 27 percent and the remaining 57 percent will go to Maharashtra. The foundation stone of the Sardar Sarovar Dam was laid by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961.
The airline is moving the airline's holiday year from an April to March calendar year to a January to December one. These problems "severely reduced our on-time performance over the past two weeks to under 80 percent", he said.
Paulinho's move to Barcelona may have been questioned by some, but he is quickly setting about silencing his critics. Barcelona lost Ousmane Dembele to a hamstring injury just 25 minutes into his full La Liga debut against Getafe .
He has also been awarded with Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian award, for his leadership during the war. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi , defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and the three Service chiefs-Gen.
NASA ends Cassini's mission orbiting Saturn
And its final plunge will reveal even more about the make-up of Saturn's atmosphere before Cassini disintegrates like a meteor. Three other spacecraft previously flew past Saturn , but Cassini was the only one to actually circle the planet.