Astronomers discover a planet with one of the most unusual shapes ever seen. Astronomers have discovered a planet, WASP-103b, more like a potato than a globe. It formed around a star that is one-and-a-half times larger than Jupiter.

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“Everything’s on a cob..QUICK. BACK IN THE SHIP!”

Fuyhtt

Can’t read the article at the moment, but I would assume that it must be a planet with a very low orbit around its star, for the tidal forces to be strong enough to deform it in such a significant way

ViciousNakedMoleRat

To clarify: the description in the post title seems to imply that the star is only 1.5 times larger than Jupiter, but according to the article “…the planet is also large, about one-and-a-half times the size of Jupiter.”

the_manzino

I thought a planet had to be big enough that its own gravity would make it a sphere. In order to qualify as a planet. Source: from helping my 5th grader with her homework.

stawasette

Rocheworld! Or half of it.

candygram4mongo