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Likely new planet may be in slow death spiral

Astronomers searching for the galaxy’s youngest planets have found compelling evidence for one unlike any other: a newborn “hot Jupiter” whose outer layers are being torn away by the star it orbits every 11 hours. Dubbed “PTFO8-8695 b,” the suspected planet orbits a star about 1,100 light-years from Earth and is at most twice the mass of Jupiter.

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