Star-skimming Planet

Brian Jackson's study focuses on planetary candidates with orbital periods so close to their host stars that they are nearly skimming the stellar surface. This artist's conception from the European Southern Observatory depicts the exoplanet Corot-7b, which  is so close to its Sun-like host star that it must experience extreme conditions. This planet has a mass five times that of Earth’s and is in fact the closest known exoplanet to its host star. Theoretical models suggest that the planet may have lava or boiling oceans on its surface. The ESO artist has provided an impression of how it may look like if it were covered by lava. Image courtesy of ESO/L. Calcada. The original image is available here.

Star-skimming Planet