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Fraser
2017-Sep-15, 06:50 PM
New observations of WASP-12b conducted with the Hubble Space Telescope reveal that the planet's sun-facing side "eats light".
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Hornblower
2017-Sep-16, 03:33 AM
In my opinion, the author should have pointed out that the side facing the star would be glowing brightly in visible light because of the high temperature, just as sunspots are luminous. It's just dark by comparison with the star's photosphere and with what a surface of 40% albedo would be at the same position.