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Astronomers Find Weird, Warm Spot on an Exoplanet

19/10/2010

Astronomers Find Weird, Warm Spot on an Exoplanet

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant planet with a warm spot in the wrong place.
    The gas-giant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, orbits tightly around its star, with one face perpetually boiling under the star's heat. It belongs to a class of planets termed hot Jupiters, so called for their scorching temperatures and large, gaseous constitutions.

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