The universe is a truly amazing place. Astronomers have discovered already that the number of unique celestial bodies, which never dreamed of any science fiction. Exoplanets, super-earths, hot Jupiters, mini-Neptune and so on. But, it seems that there may exist a much more sophisticated form. Scientists assume that in the Universe there are planets in the eyeball. And it looks as creepy as it sounds.
It is actually not as weird as it seems at first glance. The appearance of these planets is due to synchronous rotation. Synchronous rotation is a phenomenon in which the planet rotates around its axis with the same speed with which the rotation takes place in orbit around the nearest star. In this case, it turns out this situation is that the planet is always facing its star the same side. And for example not far to seek. Literally “at hand,” Earth in exactly the same way the Moon behaves.
Then why is the satellite of our planet is not similar to the eyeball? The fact is that the moon is, to put it abstractly, “a huge, dry rock.” In the case of earth-like planet that has water and drying, the situation will be different. On such a planet (unlike Earth) on one side will always be day and night on the other.
Moreover, there will be no tides or low tides. Is a kind of “tidal capture”, which will leave one half of the planet’s maximum dried, while the opposite part will be the center of mass of the liquid. At the same time in such harsh conditions can even be life.
“May be hot “eyeballs” and “frozen eyeballs”. But it’s extreme cases. In General is something tending in one direction or another. In this transition region between day and night sides of such exoplanets are potentially habitable, because conditions there are generally quite favorable.” — said astronomer Sean Raymond of the University of Bordeaux.
Surprised by the shape of the planet?