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How Do Exoplanets Get So Big And So Hot?

Hot Jupiters are giant gas exoplanets that orbit around their host stars. Even though their names might suggest otherwise, they’re a lot bigger and hotter than Jupiter. According to a report from the University of Arecibo, 740 of the 3,442 exoplanets that exist are Hot Jupiters. These giant exoplanets are pretty interesting, and some of them are so big, they defy the theories of planetary formation. But, there’s new research tht shows that Hot Jupiters actually aren’t that big, they just expand over time. The…

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Closest Earth-Like Planet Found 4 Light Years Away

An international team of astronomers have recently found a rocky, Earth-like planet that orbits Proxima Centauri, our sun’s nearest neighbour. There are a few key differences between this planet, Proxima b, and Earth. For one, it’s one-twentieth the distance from its red dwarf star compared to the Earth’s distance from our sun, giving it a permanently orange sky. It also circles the star so quickly that a year only lasts 11 days. Even though its 4.22 light-years away, it’s the “closest potentially habitable planet ever…

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Read SkyNews To Understand The Wonders Of The Night Sky

For most of us, astronomy is a fascinating — but far-off — field of knowledge. We may look up at the night sky before we go to sleep, but few possess an actual in-depth understanding of what we are seeing. Sure, we can name the planets, but astronomical details and developments remain a mystery to most. But for those that are hoping to broaden their horizons and expand their knowledge of the intricacies of the night sky, an astronomy magazine like SkyNews — Canada’s magazine…

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