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Title: Spectrum
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Exoplanet on the Path of Cosmic Suicide

Astronomers have recently discovered an extrasolar or exoplanet that is so large and so close to its parent star that it is triggering tremendous plasma tides on the star. According to the discoverer of this planet, Coel Hallier, who is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Keele University in England, by creating these tides the planet is heading to the catastrophic result of its own destruction. The details of this discovery have appeared in Nature (27 August 2009). The star is called WASP-18 and the planet WASP-18b. The star round which the planet is orbiting is situated in the constellation of Phoenix that is about 325 light years (one light year is around 10 trillion kilometers) away from Earth.

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Source:SR Vol.47(03) [March 2010]

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