Galaxy of Horrors from NASA

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Explore some of the most bizarre worlds of our universe on NASA's Galaxy of Horrors website.

Find out more about 55 Cancri e, a planet with a never-ending ocean of boiling lava. Don’t be fooled by the sparkling skies above. Those clouds are filled with silicate particles that would be deadly to breathe.

Or the catchily named HD 189733 b, this far-off blue planet may look like a friendly haven – but don’t be deceived! Weather here is deadly. The planet’s cobalt blue color comes from a hazy, blow-torched atmosphere containing clouds laced with glass. Howling winds send the storming glass sideways at 5,400 mph (2km/s), whipping all in a sickening spiral. It’s death by a million cuts on this slasher planet!

Visit the NASA Galaxy of Horrors for more - and downloadable posters. If you dare...

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