Topic: Extra-terrestrial life

Astronomers Probe 'Evaporating' Planet Around Nearby Star with Hobby-Eberly Telescope

May 31, 2012

Astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin and Wesleyan University have used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at UT Austin's McDonald Observatory to confirm that a Jupiter-size planet in a nearby solar system is dissolving, albeit excruciatingly slowly, because of interactions with its parent star. Their findings could help astronomers better understand star-planet interactions in other star systems that might involve life.

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