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Meanwhile, in outer space...

Cassini continues on - here are a lot of moons. Titan is next up....

Elsewhere, while we've seen plenty of stars eating stars, this may be the first time we've seen the smaller scale.

Hubble Finds a Star Eating a Planet

ScienceDaily (May 21, 2010) — The hottest known planet in the Milky Way galaxy may also be its shortest-lived world. The doomed planet is being eaten by its parent star, according to observations made by a new instrument on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS). The planet may only have another 10 million years left before it is completely devoured.

The planet, called WASP-12b, is so close to its sunlike star that it is superheated to nearly 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit and stretched into a football shape by enormous tidal forces. The atmosphere has ballooned to nearly three times Jupiter's radius and is spilling material onto the star. The planet is 40 percent more massive than Jupiter.

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May. 31st, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
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