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Coal-Black Alien Planet Is Darkest Ever Seen
Yahoo | Space.com ^ | 8/11/11 | Charles Q. Choi

Posted on 08/12/2011 11:36:27 AM PDT by LibWhacker

An alien world blacker than coal, the darkest planet known, has been discovered in the galaxy.

The world in question is a giant the size of Jupiter known as TrES-2b. NASA's Kepler spacecraft detected it lurking around the yellow sun-like star GSC 03549-02811 some 750 light years away in the direction of the constellation Draco.

The researchers found this gas giant reflects less than 1 percent of the sunlight falling on it, making it darker than any planet or moon seen up to now. [The Strangest Alien Planets]

"It's just ridiculous how dark this planet is, how alien it is compared to anything we have in our solar system," study lead-author David Kipping, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told SPACE.com. "It's darker than the blackest lump of coal, than dark acrylic paint you might paint with. It's bizarre how this huge planet became so absorbent of all the light that hits it."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: alien; darkest; discovered; draco; gsc0354902811; planet; tres2b; xplanets

1 posted on 08/12/2011 11:36:35 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

That headline is racist!

(ducks to avoid thrown fruit)


2 posted on 08/12/2011 11:37:54 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty (PALIN 45 -The cure for "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." Resisting Tyranny Since 1-20-2009)
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To: LibWhacker

‘Obama home planet’ jokes start in 5... 4... 3...

...but no. That would be racist.


3 posted on 08/12/2011 11:39:01 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: TheConservativeParty
(ducks to avoid thrown fruit)

Homophobe!

4 posted on 08/12/2011 11:39:36 AM PDT by null and void (Day 932. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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To: LibWhacker; shibumi

Finally my “I’ll stop wearing black when they find something darker” dreams have come true!


5 posted on 08/12/2011 11:40:33 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: null and void
..."....your mom goes to college."

Napoleon Dynamite

6 posted on 08/12/2011 11:42:29 AM PDT by de.rm ('Most people never believe anything you tell them unless it isn't true."-Groucho Marx)
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To: LibWhacker

Hast du gesehen in deine Leben? They darker than us! Woof!

7 posted on 08/12/2011 11:42:58 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: LibWhacker

Giedi Prime?


8 posted on 08/12/2011 11:43:36 AM PDT by struggle
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To: LibWhacker

1. It’s all the SUV’s
2. They’ve got the wrong kind of light bulbs
3. It’s all Bush’s fault


9 posted on 08/12/2011 11:44:12 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: LibWhacker
A licorice planet????

Who'da thunk it!!

10 posted on 08/12/2011 11:44:35 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: WayneS

he would be from a planet only half that dark.


11 posted on 08/12/2011 11:46:12 AM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: LibWhacker

This is a coal black planet in deep dark space.

How could it be seen?


12 posted on 08/12/2011 11:46:44 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: LibWhacker

"Yeah, Booiiieee!"

13 posted on 08/12/2011 11:47:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: LibWhacker

14 posted on 08/12/2011 11:48:27 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: LibWhacker
Very strange for a gas giant, if it is a gas giant.
Something weird be going on there.
15 posted on 08/12/2011 11:50:22 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: LibWhacker

Alien tech solar-power converter on a global scale...


16 posted on 08/12/2011 11:50:22 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.)
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To: struggle

God, I read Dune, and loved it, ages ago but have absolutely no recollection of Giedi Prime.


17 posted on 08/12/2011 11:50:52 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: The Cajun

Exactly my thought about it. Very strange and weird.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 11:52:48 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Giedi Prime is the home planet of the Harkkonens. In the movie it was shown to be a coal black planet with just a little light reflecting off. That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the headline.


19 posted on 08/12/2011 11:57:12 AM PDT by christx30
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To: struggle
Giedi Prime? Good call. The spice must flow...
20 posted on 08/12/2011 11:57:47 AM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: LibWhacker; The Cajun

I think it is because the Universe is far more beautiful and varied, than we can possibly imagine.


21 posted on 08/12/2011 11:58:11 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: LibWhacker

Isn’t it still true that, due to the limits of current technology, about the only exo-planets they can detect are gas giants close to their sun?


22 posted on 08/12/2011 11:58:42 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: LibWhacker
There ya go, punks!!
23 posted on 08/12/2011 12:00:17 PM PDT by lado
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To: LibWhacker

Big piece of charcoal?


24 posted on 08/12/2011 12:00:19 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (BE BOLD SARAH)
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To: LibWhacker

A technologically advanced society enveloped their planet in a photovoltaic shroud to make full use of all the sunlight that hits it to power their juicemakers.


25 posted on 08/12/2011 12:01:35 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: struggle

Giedi Prime in the movie was a bizarre world of slag heaps, seas of oil and slag heaps and toxic waste lagoons.

However, in the book version, Giedi Prime was where the Harkonnens made their fortune by their dominance of the whale fur market. So obviously the literary version was more hospitable.

I never bothered to read Frank Herbert Jr.’s books but I gather he takes a similar tack.


26 posted on 08/12/2011 12:01:39 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: christx30

That image was the first thing which came to my mind too tho I couldn’t remember the name.


27 posted on 08/12/2011 12:02:01 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: christx30

Would that be the flying fat people with bad skin?


28 posted on 08/12/2011 12:02:54 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: struggle

Home of House Harkonnen?


29 posted on 08/12/2011 12:02:58 PM PDT by NativeSon
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To: sinanju
Isn’t it still true that, due to the limits of current technology, about the only exo-planets they can detect are gas giants close to their sun?

That was true a few years ago, but not now. They can detect rocky/ocean covered planets as small as 5 times the size of Earth now; most everything that is detected is quite a bit closer to their star than Earth is, however (but most of the stars are smaller than the sun, as well.)

30 posted on 08/12/2011 12:13:10 PM PDT by Strategerist (There is only so much stupidity one man can prevent - Andrew Marshall)
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To: LibWhacker

Planet Jackson? Or Planet Sharpton?


31 posted on 08/12/2011 12:16:19 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: LibWhacker

Chocolatier than New Orleans, even...


32 posted on 08/12/2011 12:16:54 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: LibWhacker
“Your name is Darkstar.”

“Why is my name Darkstar?”

“Because in the land of Faerie all the stars are dark - but yours shall be the darkest.”

33 posted on 08/12/2011 12:18:49 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: TheConservativeParty

No but this is....one of the greatest cartoons ever made
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXFSsKFrCgY


34 posted on 08/12/2011 12:19:07 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Strategerist

I gather, until recently, it was thought that rocky worlds couldn’t get much bigger than Earth/Venus?

I believe it’s assumed that only stars like our sun can harbor worlds with life. Since the so-called red dwarfs have an unfortunate tendency to scorching hiccups.


35 posted on 08/12/2011 12:20:57 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Texas resident
From the article:
The researchers found this gas giant reflects less than 1 percent of the sunlight falling on it...

<*snip*>

"By combining the impressive precision from Kepler with observations of over 50 orbits, we detected the smallest-ever change in brightness from an exoplanet — just 6 parts per million," said Kipping. "In other words, Kepler was able to directly detect visible light coming from the planet itself."

These extremely small fluctuations in light proved that TrES-2b is incredibly dark. A more reflective world would have shown larger brightness variations as its phase changed.

Incredible that they can measure a difference of six parts in a million! 'Course, I grew up before CCDs when measuring light output seemed so subjective; someone would have to say x is twice as bright as y before I'd believe them!
36 posted on 08/12/2011 12:59:44 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

This is why they can detect much smaller planets; the old way was seeing the star wobble because of the planet’s gravity pulling on it; the new way (Kepler) detects the tiny dimming of the light from the star when the planet passes in front.


37 posted on 08/12/2011 1:10:37 PM PDT by Strategerist (There is only so much stupidity one man can prevent - Andrew Marshall)
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To: UCANSEE2
I believe that too. Sometimes I think it might have infinite variability; i.e., if something is possible, however strange, then it's out there in huge numbers. Saw this the other day, a glowing "exclamation point:"

Just waiting to see something an infinite number of blind monkeys came up with on an infinite number of typewriters. ;-)

38 posted on 08/12/2011 1:23:14 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

“Coal-’African-American’ Alien Planet Is Darkest Ever Seen”

There, fixed it for you.


39 posted on 08/12/2011 1:23:51 PM PDT by mkboyce
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To: LibWhacker
From the article, it is said to have a very, very dull red glow.

Almost sounds brown dwarfish, but it's too small to be a brown dwarf.

40 posted on 08/12/2011 1:38:21 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Ping!



We wish it grew there
Please Donate

41 posted on 08/12/2011 1:57:17 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Salamander
Evil Clowns Live There .....


42 posted on 08/12/2011 7:18:52 PM PDT by shibumi (The ragged they come and The ragged they kill! Down in the cool air I can see.)
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To: shibumi
You really are a jerk, sometimes.

:^P

[is that Alice Cooper's brother, Betty?]

43 posted on 08/12/2011 9:32:47 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander



Well ..... Can you?

44 posted on 08/12/2011 9:37:32 PM PDT by shibumi (The ragged they come and The ragged they kill! Down in the cool air I can see.)
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To: shibumi

Maybe.

How much money and/or how many bodies are we talking?


45 posted on 08/12/2011 9:50:43 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: TheOldLady; KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Thanks TheOldLady.
 
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46 posted on 08/13/2011 7:29:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: LibWhacker

Thank goodness they located this planet before someone tripped over it or stubbed their toe on it.


47 posted on 08/13/2011 7:37:18 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: dangerdoc

This thread is about a new planet. Leave Al Sharpton out of it, please.


48 posted on 08/14/2011 12:37:04 PM PDT by christx30
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