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Astronomers find exoplanet where it rains glass sideways
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07-11-2013, 07:19 PM #1
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Astronomers said Thursday they had found another blue planet a long, long way from Earth — no water world, but a scorching, hostile place where it rains glass, sideways.

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists from NASA and its European counterpart, ESA, have for the first time determined the true colour of an exoplanet, celestial bodies which orbit stars other than our own Sun.

They concluded that HD 189733b, a gas giant 63 light-years from our own planet, was a deep cobalt blue, “reminiscent of Earth’s colour as seen from space.”

“But that’s where the similarities end,” said a statement.

This planet orbits very close to its host star and its atmosphere is heated to over 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 degrees Fahrenheit).

“It rains glass, sideways, in howling 7,000 kilometre-per-hour (4,350 miles-per-hour) winds,” said the statement.

The planet is one of the nearest exoplanets to Earth that can be seen crossing the face of its star, and has been intensively studied by Hubble and other telescopes.

“Measuring its colour is a real first — we can actually imagine what this planet would look like if we were able to look at it directly,” said Frederic Pont of the University of Exeter, who co-wrote the paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Pont and a team measured how much light was reflected off the planet’s surface, a property known as albedo, in order to calculate its colour.

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07-11-2013, 07:29 PM #2
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Great find OP! hi5.gif A very hostile place along the lines of what if Jupiter were in Mercury's orbit. It boggles the mind to contemplate the diversity of the universe.

07-11-2013, 07:32 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Wow! That's pretty extreme! damned.gif I'd like to see some video though. chuckle.gif
07-11-2013, 07:47 PM #4
Ruby Wolf Member
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Totally intense...

I recently watched a documentary about "Hellish Planets" with extremely bizarre weather and other strange anomalies alien to earth...

Like flowing rivers of butane...

To mention just one of many other weird examples...
07-11-2013, 08:25 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:The blue comes not from the reflection of a tropical ocean, as in Earth’s case, but a hazy, turbulent atmosphere believed to be laced with silicate particles — the stuff of which glass is made.

These particles scatter blue light, said the team.

HD 189733b is an example of a “hot Jupiter” planet, similar in size to the gas giants in our own Solar System, but closer to their parent star.



Cobalt blue color.




07-11-2013, 08:27 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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I like cobalt blue. chuckle.gif
07-11-2013, 08:29 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Me too...it's so deep and rich. chuckle.gif
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07-11-2013, 08:31 PM #8
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Raining glass sideways is awesome.

What would Forrest Gump say ?

Big fat rain, rain coming from the ground and glass rain!!
07-11-2013, 08:33 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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Indeed! Also greatly enhances it with a complementary color such as terracotta. beercheer.gif
07-11-2013, 08:40 PM #10
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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07-11-2013, 08:50 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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Yup chuckle.gif
07-12-2013, 01:07 PM #12
Accidental Stoner Member
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Gas giant in close orbit?

A deviation from the pattern then..?
07-12-2013, 05:42 PM #13
Ruby Wolf Member
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(07-11-2013, 08:33 PM)Octo Wrote:  Indeed! Also greatly enhances it with a complementary color such as terracotta. beercheer.gif




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