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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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ScienceShot: Alien Planet Being Eaten Alive
20 May 2010 5:21 pm
Looking for long-term real estate investments? Avoid WASP-12b. The giant exoplanet, located about 600 light-years away in the constellation Auriga, is not long for its solar system. WASP-12 circles so close to its sun—it takes only a little more than an Earth day to complete one orbit—that its surface temperature exceeds 1500°C, making it the hottest alien world ever found. What's more, astronomers report in the 10 May issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the planet's atmosphere is being slowly ripped away by the star's gravity. In only 10 million years or so, barely the wink of an eye on astronomical timescales, WASP-12b will boil away entirely.
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