Slow summer and this stuff is pretty cool. Granted, NASA can only hypothesize what is actually going on at the surface of this planet based on what they are finding via Hubble, but the concept is pretty crazy. Reading the ennui tournament and reliving those moments made me feel like I was living in glass blowing sideways so I can relate to this.
Highlights include the following
"a gas giant with a daytime temperature of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit where it possibly rains liquid glass sideways amid 4,500 mph winds"
"blue color comes not from the reflection of an ocean, but rather a hazy, blow-torched atmosphere containing high clouds laced with silicate particles... condensing in the heat could form very small drops of glass that scatter blue light more than red light."
"the planet is only 2.9 million miles from its parent star... by contrast, Mercury, the closest planet in our solar system to the sun, is 29 million miles away from the sun... day side and night side temperatures differ by about 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which should cause fierce winds to roar from the day side to the night side"