This planet experiences up to a trillion lightning strikes per hour

Exoplanet Experiences Up To A Trillion Lightning Strikes Per Hour
Exoplanet Experiences Up To A Trillion Lightning Strikes Per Hour

Astronomers have long been searching for a planet that is both Earth-like and habitable.

Based on recent estimates made by a team from the University of St Andrews, U.K., Kepler-10b most certainly does not qualify, reported New Scientist.

The incredibly hot planet is believed to experience up to a trillion lightning strikes per hour.

Further, the entire place is probably covered in volcanoes that erupt incredibly frequently, if not constantly, noted the Daily Mail.

Researchers determined this in part by studying both storm activity in our own solar system and lightning data gathered from two volcanic eruptions on Earth – one in Alaska and the other in Iceland.

While the team's assessment of Kepler-10b is based on extrapolation, they are investigating the possibility of observing the exoplanet's particularly punishing environment more directly.

Learn more about NASA's Kepler telescope:

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