HD 189733b Exoplanet Animation

  • Released Thursday, June 28, 2012

The exoplanet HD 189733b lies so near its star that it completes an orbit every 2.2 days. In late 2011, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found that the planet's upper atmosphere was streaming away at speeds exceeding 300,000 mph. Just before the Hubble observation, NASA's Swift detected the star blasting out a strong X-ray flare, one powerful enough to blow away part of the planet's atmosphere.

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This page was originally published on Thursday, June 28, 2012.
This page was last updated on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 10:08 AM EDT.


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  • Evaporating Exoplanet (ID: 2012067)
    Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Robert Crippen (NASA)