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This Rugby Ball-Shaped Planet is Leaking Heavy Metal

This hot Jupiter is so close to its host star that gravitational forces are squeezing it into a rugby ball-like shape. Not only that, its temperatures are so extreme that heavy metal gases are escaping into space from the exoplanet’s atmosphere – a phenomenon never seen before until now. Read More >>

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We Finally Know How These Exoplanets Get So Freakishly Big

“Hot Jupiters” aren’t particularly sexy exoplanets — just clingy ones. These gas giants orbit tightly around their host stars, and despite their name, they’re typically more massive than Jupiter. And, as you’d expect, much hotter. Read More >>

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This Dying Baby Planet Never Had a Chance

Astronomers have discovered a newly born “hot Jupiter” in a distant star system that’s locked in a slow death spiral. It may only be a matter of time before this poor baby planet gets torn to shreds. Read More >>