More Watery Worlds Found.

Researchers spectrographically analyzed data from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 to find five more exoplanets.

The fiveplanets (WASP-17b, HD209458b, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b) are called “hot Jupiter” planets, both for their size and temperature.

Credit: S. Redfield/T. Jones/McDonald Obs.

Most of these “hot” planets have orbits that are far closer to their suns than Mercury orbits our Sun.

So why don’t the just burn up?  Nobody know for sure yet.  There are a lot of theories, but until there is more data collected, I will just assume that because they are gas giants, there isn’t anything really hard to burn away and the gravitation tug between the sun and the massive planet keeps it in tack.  It will be interesting to find out (of course there isn’t going to be one answer for all situations).

– Ex astris, scientia –

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