XO-3 b spin-orbit misalignment?

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XO-3 b spin-orbit misalignment?

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 5th June 2008, 10:27 am

XO-3 b's orbit appears to be tilted in reference to the spin of the star by ~70 degrees. If confirmed, this would, at least to me, suggest that massive planets in highly eccentric orbits tend to have high spin-orbit misalignments, HD 17156 b being another example.

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