Most eccentric planet ever known flashes astronomers with reflected light

A team of astronomers has spotted an extrasolar planet that boasts the most eccentric orbit ever seen. The planet moves in a flattened ellipse, traveling a long path far from its star and then making a fast slingshot around the star at its closest approach. Researchers detected a ‘flash’ of starlight bouncing off the planet’s atmosphere as it made its closest orbital approach to its star. —> Read More