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A potato in space? In unique discovery, oblong-shaped planet found

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A potato in space? In unique discovery, oblong-shaped planet found

Anything is possible. Well, really, because it’s hard to imagine a planet like a potato. But astronomers at the European Space Agency have actually found one.

These experts discovered a rectangular planet called WASP-103b.

It appears to be the first planet to “morph into a more rugby shape than a sphere,” ESA said on Tuesday.

This unique planet is in the constellation Hercules.

According to the researchers, the planet’s strong tidal forces are caused by the proximity of the host star, which appears to have bent it out of its traditional spherical shape.

Although it was first discovered in 2014, recent observations by ESA’s Cheops telescope mission confirmed its squashed shape.

Complete News Source : Wion

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