A few Roaster
planets have been glimpsed more directly when they transit their
star, passing in front of it and dimming its light.
The first transitting planet, found in 1999
orbiting a star named HD 209458, over 100 light years away, also
gave the first reading of an alien planet’s dimensions. Although
lighter than Jupiter, this has a diameter 35 percent greater.
Subtle colour changes as starlight shines
through the planet’s atmosphere suggest it consists of hydrogen,
helium, and sodium, aswell as signs that it is slowly evaporating
in the heat ( see Red
Edge / Earth Shine ). This planet
suggests that Roasters and Eccentric Giants are less dense than
the gas planets of this solar system.
This is a key observation in relation to
my alternate formation concept outlined in the later sections of
this website; see: ‘The
Protected Zone’ and ‘Beta