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Exoplanet WASP-103 b orbits so close to its star, that it has deformed shape

Astronomers used space telescopes Hubble, Spitzer and CHEOPS to identify deformed shape of an exoplanet orbiting a star 1800 light years away. The exoplanet goes around the star in less than a day. The strong gravity of the star causes the tidal effect, which in turn deforms the exoplanet’s shape.

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missions icon Cheops 18. 12. 2019 Ongoing

Exoplanet close to a star
Exoplanet illustration



Related stars in catalogue

Star Star type Distance
(light years)
Exoplanets
part of star image
part of star image
WASP-103 Yellow-White star 1779.2
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