Photo: New "Impossible" Planet May Be on a Death Spiral



A Jupiter-size planet in a very tight orbit is eclipsed by its parent star in an artist's conception.

A newfound "hot Jupiter" even closer to its star has what should be an impossible orbit, scientists said in August 2009. The find suggests the odd world is either on death's door or that it represents a new way for stars and planets to interact.

Picture courtesy ESA, NASA, M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble), and STScI


NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS

ADVERTISEMENT

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S PHOTO OF THE DAY

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.