Artist’s impression of an exoplanet in a retrograde orbit

Up to now it was expected that exoplanets would all orbit in more or less the same plane, and that they would move along their orbits in the same direction as the star’s rotation — as they do in our Solar System. However, new results unexpectedly show that many exoplanets actually orbit at a large angle to their star’s spin axis. In the case shown here (WASP 8b) the orbit is completely reversed, or retrograde.

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ESO/L. Calçada

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Id:eso1016a
Tipi:Punim artistik
Data e Publikimit:Pri 13, 2010, 12:00 CEST
Publikime të ngjashme:eso1016
Përmasat:3000 x 2120 px

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Emri:WASP 8b
Tipi:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distanca:280 vite dritë
Kategori:Exoplanets
Illustrations

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