“Hot Jupiter” –Detected Spiraling Towards Its Fiery Doom

Hot Jupiter Exoplanet

 

 

Since its discovery in 1995, exoplanet WASP-12b, a “hot Jupiter,” has been spiraling towards its doom. Located 600 light-years away in the constellation Auriga, a Princeton-led team of astrophysicists has shown that the exoplanet is spiraling in toward its host star, heading toward certain destruction with less than a thousandth of that of Earth’s end, a mere 3 million years, before it meets its fiery demise.

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