Astronomers discovered a massive ‘hot Jupiter’ but can’t figure out how it works

Studying distant planets has helped scientists better explain how the universe ticks, but sometimes a discovery produces more questions than it answers. Such is the case with a far-off star called CoRoT-2 and the gigantic gaseous planet that closely orbits it. The planet, called CoRoT-2b, is considered a "hot Jupiter" because it's a gas giant that has a very close relationship with its host star. We've seen hot Jupiter exoplanets before, so that's not particularly interesting, but after...

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