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Friday, February 26, 2010
Torn Apart By Its Own Tides, Massive Planet Is On A 'Death March'
Illustration of WASP-12b in orbit about its host star. (Credit: ESA/C Carreau)
From Science Daily:
Science Daily (Feb. 25, 2010) — An international group of astrophysicists has determined that a massive planet outside our Solar System is being distorted and destroyed by its host star -- a finding that helps explain the unexpectedly large size of the planet, WASP-12b.