Astronomers have studied a 'super-Jupiter' exoplanet 129 light years from Earth and found it has a stormy atmosphere made of iron and silicate.
The planet, known as HR8799e, was first discovered in 2010 orbiting a star in the Pegasus constellation but a new method has allowed astronomers to study it in greater detail.
It was analysed using a new method that combines light from four different telescopes which is then combined to allow scientists to directly analyse the planet.
The immense brightness of an exoplanet's star often makes it impossible to view directly.
Usually scientists have to employ indirect methods to study exoplanets because of the blinding light of their stars.
The technique, called optical interferometry, allowed four telescopes to work as one and allowed for scientists to develop an imaging system sensitive enough to disentangle light from the planet and its parent star.
Findings from Gravity, an instrument that combines four light beams from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in Chile, appear in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
It is a world unlike any found in our own solar system that is both more massive and much younger than any planet orbiting the sun.
Sylvestre Lacour, from the Paris Observatory in France and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, said: 'Our observations suggest a ball of gas illuminated from the interior, with rays of warm light swirling through stormy patches of dark clouds.
'Convection moves around the clouds of silicate and iron particles, which disaggregate and rain down into the interior.
'This paints a picture of a dynamic atmosphere of a giant exoplanet at birth, undergoing complex physical and chemical processes.'
Previous Gravity achievements include last year's observation of gas swirling at 30 per cent the speed of light just outside the massive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way.