Have you ever thought real hell is achievable? Astronomers believe in the possibility

The ‘purported’ hell is a ‘big Earth’, with the surface covered in constantly burning lava and a NASA satellite set to provide scientists with never-before-seen images.

55 Cancri e (Image: NASA/Disclosure)

The proximity of “hell” to its star makes the scenario

The information about the possible sighting comes from the Nasawhich confirms that his telescope James Webb is about to capture new footage from “hell”.

For astronomers, hell has a name and is called “55 Cancri e”, it is in a star system with its location about 50 light years from Earth, but the planet in question (the closest) is less than two and a half million kilometers from its main star — similar to the Sun.

To give you an idea, the distance between “hell” and its star is 25 times smaller if we compare Mercury to the Sun – remembering that the temperatures on the planet closest to our star are close to 170 degrees Celsius.


All the planets identified in the system are called 55 Cancri (followed by a differentiating letter), the nearest, “55 Cancri e”, needs only 18 hours to revolve around its star – compared to 365 days what the Earth puts. same for the Sun.

For astronomers, “hell” has no basis

It is a simple analysis of the temperature conditions on the planet that prevent the emergence of any known type of rock or mineral on Earth.

“With surface temperatures well above the melting point of typical rock-forming minerals, the dayside of the planet is thought to be covered in oceans of lava”

The expression used by Nasa(dayside) may not be as widely recognized by the public, but it is a condition where excess gravity prevents a planet from rotating on its own axis, keeping one side always facing the star – and in this case, in eternal fire – while the other sinks into complete and distant darkness.

The dayside would be “so close that the oceans are boiling, rocks are starting to melt, and clouds are raining lava,” as defined by the U.S. Aerospace Agency.

“55 Cancri e” is called super hot rock

The scales are made with comparisons and those used by astronomers do not differ. In this case, the bases are planets with rocky capacities, the size relationship with the Earth and its temperatures.

Our Earth is called a rock, a larger planet with temperatures that exceed 5x the boiling point are called hot rocks (LHS 3488 b), if even larger with temperatures approaching 15x the boiling point we will have a super hot rock (55 Cancri e).

As a logical consequence, an “ice giant” extends far beyond the Earth with extremely low temperatures (Neptune).

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Leandro Covacs

Leandro Kovacs is from Rio de Janeiro, journalist and a bit of a nerd. He grew up amid technological advancements and crossed the bridge from analog to digital. It was “suggested” to him by his father to complete CEFET-RJ, where he completed his secondary education and went to the penultimate period as an industrial mechanic technician.
He worked in master control (which puts TV on the air), scriptwriter for commercial breaks, media calls and promos, until he became director of programming. During his 10-year broadcasting career, he worked at TV Brasil (Old TVE-RJ) and at the Rede Globo subsidiary in Paraná (PRC). He also worked as an editor and author on a technology website. His main interests are: cybersecurity, science, astronomy, games and technological innovations.

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