Astronomers could soon be able to find rocky planets stretched out by the gravity of the stars they orbit, according to a group of researchers in the United States. The team, led by Prabal Saxena of George Mason University, describe how to detect these exotic worlds in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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Further informationThe new work appears in P. Saxena et al. "The observational effects and signatures of tidally distorted solid exoplanets", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 446, pp. 4271–4277, 2015, published by Oxford University Press.
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