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Astronomers Have Discovered A ” Black Hole” Planet

Exoplanet WASP-12b does not seem like a good place to go for a visit. New research has found that most of the light that goes towards it doesn’t come out again, making the gas giant pitch black. The planet, discovered in 2008, is just 1400 light-years from Earth. It’s become one of the most studied outside our solar system, and we know a fair bit about it.

We know that it’s what is known as a “hot Jupiter”, a gigantic gaseous planet 40 times more massive than Jupiter that orbits extremely close to its host star. In fact, it’s so close that it completes an orbit (one WASP-12b year) in just under one Earth day, and has been pulled by gravity into an egg shape.