We’ve found six scorchingly hot exoplanets that are over 1100°C

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An artist’s visualisation of a planet orbiting star DMPP-2

An artist’s visualisation of a planet orbiting star DMPP-2

Mark A. Garlick

We have discovered six new exoplanets by looking at hot gas nearby. Carole Haswell at the Open University in the UK and her colleagues made the discovery by studying nearby stars that the exoplanets orbit.

The six exoplanets are all extremely hot, with temperatures of between 1100°C and 1800°C. They range in mass from around 2.6 times the mass of Earth up to almost half Jupiter’s mass.

Some exoplanets are located much closer to their stars than planets in our solar system are to …

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