Mystery World Baffles Astronomers

October 30, 2013
Mystery World Baffles Astronomers

Kepler-78b is a planet that shouldn't exist. This scorching lava world circles its star every eight and a half hours at a distance of less than one million miles - one of the tightest known orbits. According to current theories of planet formation, it couldn't have formed so close to its star, nor could it have moved there.

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Image credit: David A. Aguilar



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