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Hubble finds a Super-Hot Planet With Unique Comet-Like Tail

18 Jul 2010, 00:02 UTC
Hubble finds a Super-Hot Planet With Unique Comet-Like Tail
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Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the existence of a baked object that could be
called a "cometary planet." The gas giant planet, named HD 209458b, is
orbiting so close to its star that its heated atmosphere is escaping
into space.Observations taken with Hubble's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) suggest powerful stellar winds are
sweeping the cast-off atmospheric material behind the scorched planet
and shaping it into a comet-like tail.Click the post Heading for more information

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