The mysterious dark planet absorbs 99% of its parent star's light Scientists have found a planet that absorbs as much as 99 percent of the light coming to it from its parent star. It is currently the darkest exoplanet that we have managed to spot with the help of telescopes.

We are talking about an exoplanet called WASP-104b. Astronomers report that it is darker than charcoal because its albedo, or light reflectance, is only 0.03.

The amazing globe is located in the constellation Leo and is 466 light years away from Earth. An exoplanet is referred to as hot Jupiter because it is 1.14 times larger and 1.2 times more massive than the largest planet in the solar system.

Interestingly, the object is only 4.3 million kilometers from its parent star, or less than 5 percent of Mercury's distance from the Sun. The Earth is located 150 million kilometers from the Sun, which is incomparably further away.

It is this close proximity to the star that causes the solar wind to blow its atmosphere into space, leaving only sodium and potassium in it, which in the form of a haze absorb huge amounts of light rays, giving the extremely hot exoplanet WASP-104b the color "dark" purple.

WASP-104b is the only currently known best technology advices orbiting WASP-104, a spectral type G8 star that is 3 billion years old. Astronomers believe that there is no biological, let alone intelligent, life on this planet, because extremely extreme conditions prevail there.