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Episode 319: Really Hot Planet

Play Feb 10•4:32

Many extrasolar planets have been found using the transit technique. This occurs when a planet blocks some of the light from its parent star as it orbits in front of it. If astronomers detect a repeating pattern, they can glean information about the planet's orbit. Most of these planets are very close to their host stars, and so they are very hot. A new record has been set in the WASP-33 system...

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