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  1. #1 A planet that got too close to a star 
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    May 2008
    The planet, called WASP-12b, is so close to its sunlike star that it is superheated to nearly 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit and stretched into a football shape by enormous tidal forces. The atmosphere has ballooned to nearly three times Jupiter's radius and is spilling material onto the star. The planet is 40 percent more massive than Jupiter.

    The atmosphere would quickly boil off but 1,538.C is above most melting points of metals and even past the vapourisation point of some. Surely the star would start sucking in these vapours too?

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