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Kepler Spots a Doomed Planet Slowly Evaporating into Space

By Clay Dillow Posted 05.21.2012 at 12:51 pm @ http://www.popsci.com/

Of all the ways planets can die–consumed by their host stars, for instance, or obliterated by a collision with another planet or asteroid–evaporation isn’t one that had crossed many astronomer’s minds. But data from the exoplanet-hunting Kepler observatory has revealed a nearby planet–just 1,500 light years from Earth–that appears to be evaporating before our very eyes. Over the next 100 million years, the planet will completely disintegrate.

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