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The hottest-known planet in our galaxy is being stretched into the shape of a football and rapidly consumed by its parent star, new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope show.
The extrasolar planet on the cosmic menu, called WASP-12b, may only have another 10 million years left before it is completely devoured, Hubble scientists announced Thursday.
WASP-12b is so close to its sun-like star that it is superheated to nearly 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit and stretched into an elongated shape by enormous tidal forces.
Not much. The orbit is dominated by the mass of the star, so the mass of the star would have to change significantly, and swallowing a planet may not do much to the mass of the star on a percentage change basis.
Originally posted by mithrawept
If the planet is being consumed by the star, the planet is loosing mass, so wouldn't the planet's orbit change?
Originally posted by Dasher
I repeat, from a duplicate thread;
True image or it didn't happen.