Artist's Concept of Exoplanet with Comet-like Tail

Artist's Concept of Exoplanet with Comet-like Tail

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News release ID: STScI-2010-21
Release Date: Jul 15, 2010
Image Use: Copyright
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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.

Artwork, Exoplanets, Hubble Telescope, Planets, Stars


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