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Scientists find a molecule never before found outside our solar system on a planet with glass rain

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An exoplanet the size of Jupiter has intrigued astronomers with its extreme temperatures, strong winds, and unique rain made of glass. Recently, data from the James Webb Space Telescope has revealed another intriguing characteristic of the planet known as HD 189733b: it has a distinctive smell similar to rotten eggs. This discovery advances our understanding of the composition of exoplanets. The planet, located 64 light-years away from Earth, is the closest hot Jupiter and has been extensively studied by scientists. It is approximately 10% larger than Jupiter and has scorching temperatures of 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Astronomers plan to search for similar sulfur signatures on other exoplanets to further investigate planet formation and composition.