Sunday, April 1, 2012

Kepler Finds a Planet Boiling Away Under the Heat of Its Star

Check out this mind-blowing article about one of the newest finds of the Kepler orbiting observatory.  This exoplanet is orbiting so close to its parent star, that it's literally being vaporized.  Astronomers estimate the planet is losing 100,000 tons per second!  Even at that rate, it will take the planet hundreds of millions of years to evaporate.