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Astronomers have discovered WASP-62b, a ‘hot Jupiter’ located 575 light years away and about half the mass of the planet found in our solar system. Unlike our Jupiter, which takes around 12 years to orbit the sun, WASP-62b completes a full rotation around its star in just 4.5-days and its proximity to the star makes it extremely hot. What makes this discovery even more special is its cloud-free atmosphere, since astronomers estimate that less than 7 percent of exoplanets have clear atmospheres. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Astronomers have discovered a massive celestial structure comprised of galaxies over 1.4 billion light-years long and 600-million light years deep in the skies over the South Pole. It’s officially been named the South Pole Wall, and located along the southern border of the cosmos from the perspective of Earth, consisting of thousands of galaxies, hydrogen gas, dust as well as dark matter. Read more for a video on galactic walls and additional information.