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 Revealed: The hottest planet ever found!

Revealed: The hottest planet ever found!

The exoplanet is a 'hot Jupiter' - a gas giant that orbits its star closer than Mercury does the sun.

It sports a glowing, comet style tail as it literally evaporates under the ultraviolet radiation from KELT-9 - the host star, which at 9,897°C is almost twice as hot as our sun (5,600°C).

KELT-9b is almost three times bigger than Jupiter, yet only half as dense, as the intense heat has caused its atmosphere to puff up like a balloon.

It's locked to the star by enormous gravitational tidal forces - as the moon is to Earth - but the day side is perpetually blasted by extreme radiation.

As a result, molecules such as water, carbon dioxide and methane cannot form.

Read more via The Daily Mail...

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