For the first time, scientists see a ‘glory effect’ on a planet.  

Astronomers have seen a rainbow-like phenomenon on a planet outside our solar system for the first time, which may provide new information about other worlds.  

Cheops, the European Space Agency's Characterising ExOplanet Satellite, observed a “glory effect” on WASP-76b, an ultra-hot exoplanet 637 light-years from Earth.  

When light bounces off homogeneous clouds on Earth, concentric, colorful rings of light appear.  

The glory effect had only been seen on Venus until Cheops and other missions detected a weak signal suggesting it occurred in the hellishly hot WASP-76b atmosphere.   

Astronomers believe the atmospheric phenomena faces Earth because to Cheops' signal.  

One reason no glory has been detected outside our Solar System is that it requires highly odd conditions, said lead study author Olivier Demangeon, an astronomer at Portugal's Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences.   

First, you need atmospheric particles that are nearly spherical, uniform, and stable enough to observe over time.   

The planet's neighboring star must shine directly at it, with Cheops at the right angle.  

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