Artist's concept of exoplanet with comet-like tail

This artist's illustration shows a view of the gas giant planet HD 209458b, as seen from the surface of a hypothetical nearby companion object. The planet is orbiting so close to its sunlike star that its heated atmosphere is escaping into space. Spectroscopic observations by the new Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope suggest that powerful stellar winds are sweeping the castoff material behind the scorched planet and shaping it into a comet-like tail.

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Artwork Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI). Science Credit: J. Linsky (University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., USA)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo1021a
Type:Artwork
Release date:15 July 2010, 15:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:HD 209458b
Type:• Milky Way : Planet : Type : Gas Giant
• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:150 light years


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