Dumusque described what it might be like on this odd and still unnamed hot planet. Its closest star is so near that it would always hang huge in the sky. And whichever side of the planet faced the star would be broiling hot, with the other side icy cold.
Because of the mass of the planet, it’s likely a rocky surface like Earth, Dumusque said. But the rocks would be ‘‘more like lava, like a lava planet.’’
‘‘If there are any inhabitants there, they’re made of asbestos,’’ joked Shostak.
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