Doomed egg-shaped exoplanet is death-spiraling into its star

Astronomers have discovered that a distant, scorching hot planet twice the size of Jupiter is on a death-spiral trajectory that will send it careening into its parent star. A crash is expected to happen relatively soon, cosmically speaking.

Researchers have predicted for some time that this planet, named WASP-12b, will eventually take a dive into its star that’s located around 1,400 light years from Earth.  However, these new findings have shortened the time WASP-12b has left. 

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