View Full Version : Ripped to Shreds, Exoplanet Suffers Painful Death

2010-Feb-25, 06:10 PM
WASP-12b, discovered in 2008, is a real outlier among the 400 or so exoplanets discovered to date. Not that it's particularly massive (it's a gas giant, not unlike Jupiter), nor that its homesun (host star) is particularly unusual (it's rather similar to our own Sun), but it orbits very close to its homesun, and is [...]

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2010-Feb-25, 08:12 PM
Someone has to ask Mr. (?) Tate, the author, what's wrong with the term primary to denote a star a planet orbits directly? It's worked for the last 50 odd years.

Homesun makes it sound like he watched too much Babylon 5.

2010-Feb-26, 02:22 AM
I think Homesun sounds really cool, BD.