55 Cancri e, infernal planet with a renewable atmosphere

Published on May 8, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. / Modified on May 8, 2024 at 5:07 p.m.

More than 5,600 exoplanets have been discovered over the last thirty years. A figure so high that it could suggest that we have access to an extremely diverse cosmic bestiary. However, it still happens to have surprises and witness unexpected events, even among already known planets.

“It is unlike any other,” says Brice-Olivier Demory, astrophysicist at the University of Bern. There’s something going on that we don’t yet understand.” She is 55 Cancri e. An exoplanet which is the subject of a study co-signed by Brice-Olivier Demory and published in Nature this May 8.

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