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Astronomers discover planet where it rains precious stones and clouds are made of vaporized metal

Rainy days are usually pretty miserable but that’s not the case on a distant planet where it can make you rich.

Experts believe that a giant exoplanet located 855 light-years away produces liquid rubies and sapphires.

Artist's impression of the rich planet

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Artist’s impression of the rich planetImage supplier: Patricia Klein and MPIA

WASP-121 b, as the planet is known, is inhabited by clouds of vaporized metal instead of the fluffy ones we have here on Earth.

The clouds on the planet are mainly made up of metals like iron, magnesium, chromium, and vanadium.

“This rain will be unlike any known in the Solar System,” said scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy.

“With chromium, iron, titanium or vanadium impurities, we call it ruby ​​or sapphire.”

The team used the Hubble Space Telescope to do their study on the permanent night side of the planet.

But given the sheer distance and extreme temperatures, gem harvest hopes are nil.

It might be cooler at night but even then it’s still baking at 1500 degrees.

That’s because WASP-121 b orbits so close to its Sun in just 1.27 days.

And for this reason, it is also highly doubtful that anything can even live on this planet.

This is also not the first to hide a treasure trove of gems.

Back in 2016, astronomers discovered another glittering planet that is believed to contain a lot rubies and jade also.

The study was published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

We'll never get the gems though...

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We’ll never get the gems though…Credit: Getty

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