Scientists prepare for their first look at a world that is continually burning.
The James Webb Space Telescope will give humanity its first peek at conditions on a "super-Earth" 50 light years away in the coming weeks.
The planet, known as 55 Cancri e, orbits so near to "its Sun-like star" that surface conditions could be akin to the Hell described in the Bible: a scorching realm.
According to NASA, 55 Cancri e is fewer than 1.5 million miles from its star, or 1/25 the distance between our sun and very hot Mercury.
"The day side of the planet is considered to be covered in oceans of lava," NASA stated on May 26.
"With surface temperatures much over the melting point of ordinary rock-forming minerals, the day side of the planet is thought to be covered in oceans of lava."