A Chthonian planet (pronounced /ˈkθoʊniən/, sometimes misspelled Cthonian), is a hypothetical class of celestial objects resulting from the stripping away of a gas giant's hydrogen and helium atmosphere and outer layers, which is called hydrodynamic[1]escape. Such atmospheric stripping is a likely result of proximity to a star. The remaining rocky or metallic core would resemble a terrestrial[2]planet in many respects.

HD[3]209458b is an example of a planet that is in the process of having its atmosphere stripped away, though it is not itself a Chthonian planet nor is it expected to become one in the near future.

COROT-7b may be the first Chthonian planet discovered.

Chthonia (Greek: χθων) means "of the Earth". The term was coined by Hébrard et al., since the term Chthoniangenerally refer to Greek deities from hot infernal underground.

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