Some relationships are doomed from the beginning, and the same can be said of some planetary systems.
Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have identified a star and its planet that are locked in a mutually volatile relationship.
Located 880 light-years away, the star CoRoT-2a is ruthlessly pummeling a closely-orbiting planet with powerful X-rays, blasting an estimated 5 million tons of material off of it every second! The planet, dubbed CoRoT-2b, orbits its star at a distance of about 3 percent the distance between the Earth and the sun - only around 2.8 million miles - and receives a hundred thousand times the X-ray radiation that Earth receives.
In turn, the planet's close proximity may be responsible for keeping up the high rotation rate of its star, increasing its magnetic activity and thus its X-ray output. Talk about negative reinforcement!
A nearby companion star to CoRoT-2a does not exhibit this level of X-ray activity, possibly due to a lack of a similar closely orbiting planet.
The image above is an artist's illustration of the system, showing a very magnetically active star blowing clouds of material off a hapless planet.