Meet 55 Cancri e — the "oozing" exoplanet

When you combine a compound like water with intense heat, said water evaporates. No mystery there. But when you throw extreme pressure into the mix, something funny happens. The compound can actually achieve what is called a "supercritical" fluid state, taking on properties of liquid and gas alike. » 1/17/12 7:35am 1/17/12 7:35am