WASP-103b needs only 22 Earth hours to orbit its star.

About 1,800 light-years from the Solar System, Hercules discovered a volleyball-shaped planet with the Swiss space telescope using the Swiss space telescope Chioplus.

Researchers at the Universities of Porto, Geneva and Bern say this is the first time such a mutation has been found in an exoplanet, scientists write. Astronomy and astronomy In research published on Tuesday

A volleyball-shaped planet called WASP-103b takes just 22 hours to orbit a star 200 degrees hotter than the Sun, while Earth does the same thing in 365 days. WASP-103b is about 50 times closer to its star than Earth is to the Sun, which causes extreme ups and downs in gravity. The tidal effect “pulls” the planet, making it look like a volleyball.

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A team of researchers led by the Portuguese astronomer Susanna Burroughs has discovered the unusual shape of the planet to observe how its light flux changes as it passes in front of it. Scientists have speculated that the passage curve may be different if the shape of the planet is similar to that of football and not to that of volleyball.

The weight of WASP-103b will be one and a half times that of Jupiter. From the shape of the planet, the researchers conclude that its structure is similar to that of Jupiter: it has a solid core covered by a layer of liquid and surrounded by a layer of gas. At Christmas, scientists are hoping for more accurate and reliable information about its structure from the supercells launched by James Webb.

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