55 Cancri e, also known as Janssen, orbits a star called Copernicus only 41 light years away. The molten surface is completely uninhabitable, but above the burning horizon, Janssen’s sister planet, Galileo, hangs in a dark sky. Silicates in the atmosphere would condense into clouds on the tidally-locked planet's darkside reflecting the lava below. So, the skies would sparkle.

55 Cancri e is a super-Earth exoplanet that orbits a G-type star similar to our Sun. Its mass is 8.08 Earths, it takes 0.7 days to complete one orbit of its star, and is 0.01544 AU from its star. Its discovery was announced in 2004.

PLANET TYPE
Super Earth
DISCOVERY DATE
2004
MASS
8.08 Earths
PLANET RADIUS
1.91 x Earth
ORBITAL RADIUS
0.01544 AU
ORBITAL PERIOD
0.7 days
ECCENTRICITY
0.03
DETECTION METHOD