hot jupiters

This Football-Shaped Planet Is Leaking Heavy Metal

This Football-Shaped Planet Is Leaking Heavy Metal

This hot Jupiter is so close to its host star that gravitational forces are squeezing it into a football-like shape. Not only that, its temperatures are so extreme that heavy metal gases are escaping into space from the exoplanet’s atmosphere — a phenomenon never seen before until now.

We Finally Know How These Exoplanets Get So Freakishly Big

“Hot Jupiters” aren’t particularly sexy exoplanets — just clingy ones. These gas giants orbit tightly around their host stars and, despite their name, they’re typically more massive than Jupiter. And, as you’d expect, much hotter.