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    Default another really wacky planet from AAS



    An Eccentric Planet Skims a Giant Star

    It's orbit is more like a comet's.
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    Default Re: another really wacky planet from AAS

    This planet’s orbit is already so extreme that it nearly skims the surface of its host, dipping to within 4 stellar radii of the star’s surface at its closest approach. The authors show that the planet will be engulfed by its host on a timescale of ~100 million years due to a combination of the star’s expanding radius and tidal interactions.
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