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Hotter-Than-Hot Newcomers Push the Planetary Envelope

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Science  21 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5674, pp. 1092
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5674.1092a

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In an upcoming paper in Astronomy & Astrophysics, a team of European planet hunters will describe two new massive extrasolar planets that race around their mother stars in less than 2 days, just a few million kilometers above the stellar surface--only a fraction of the distance at which Mercury orbits the sun.