Weather for an eccentric planet
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Posted: 2009-January-31 at 12:02pm | IP Logged Quote chaos

The planet HD 80606b has an extremely elliptical orbit, which causes it to dive to within a few stellar radii of its parent star. This likely drives some extremely nasty weather systems.

The temperature variations during the perihelion passage have been observed using the Spitzer Space Telescope, indicating the planet increases from 800K to 1500K in a mere six hours.

A video of the simulated weather systems is also available.
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Posted: 2009-February-03 at 6:42pm | IP Logged Quote JanL

It sort of makes Venus a resort area doesn't it?   Jan

 

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Posted: 2009-February-04 at 2:54pm | IP Logged Quote chaos

Yeah, at least Venus doesn't have a supersonic wall of fire blasting through the atmosphere every summer...
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