Scientists discover a “heavy metal” planet shaped like a football that is 900 light-years away from Earth. The planet was named WASP-121b. It is 10 times hotter than any other planets and is classified as “hot-Jupiter”. Hot Jupiter-sized planets are usually cold enough to lighten heavy elements like magnesium and iron into clouds. However, WASP-121b is circling so dangerously close to its star that its upper atmosphere reaches a 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit. Hydrogen and helium are the basic elements of the atmosphere that can be found in the universe. David Sing, lead author of the study from Hopkins University says, “Heavy metals have been seen in other hot Jupiters before, but only in the lower atmosphere, so you don’t know if it’s leaking or not.” Sing also said, “The hydrogen and helium gas of WASP-121b is streaming, almost like a river, and is dragging these metals with them. It’s a very efficient mechanism for mass loss.”