View Full Version : Two Hot New Planets Discovered

2006-Sep-28, 12:40 AM
An international team of astronomers have turned up two new Jupiter-sized planets orbiting distant stars. These planets are incredibly close to their parent stars; just a fraction of the distance from Mercury to the Sun. Astronomers believe these planets are being eroded by the intense radiation of their stars. The discovery was made using the new SuperWASP program, which looks for stars that dim and brighten on a regular schedule as a planet passes in front of them.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/09/27/two-hot-new-planets-discovered/)

John Mendenhall
2006-Sep-28, 08:22 PM
Is there a loss of angular momentum as the atmospere is stripped away? If so, do these hot Jupiters slowly spiral in their sun?

2006-Oct-02, 03:51 PM
...and does the constant energy output of the start push the planet away to ballence it out? :P