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Suicidal planet seems on death spiral into star
YahooNews ^ | Aug 26 2009 | Seth Borenstein

Posted on 08/26/2009 5:35:52 PM PDT by Daffynition

WASHINGTON — Astronomers have found what appears to be a gigantic suicidal planet.

The odd, fiery planet is so close to its star and so large that it is triggering tremendous plasma tides on the star. Those powerful tides are in turn warping the planet's zippy less-than-a-day orbit around its star.

The result: an ever-closer tango of death, with the planet eventually spiraling into the star.

It is a slow death. The planet WASP-18b has maybe a million years to live, said planet discoverer Coel Hellier, a professor of astrophysics at Keele University in England. Hellier's report on the suicidal planet is in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

"It's causing its own destruction by creating these tides," Hellier said.

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


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; planet; science; superwasp; wasp18b; xplanets

1 posted on 08/26/2009 5:35:53 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

“The result: an ever-closer tango of death”

Pretty much the same as dealing with Democrats.


2 posted on 08/26/2009 5:37:42 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Daffynition

It’s inhabitants must be guilty of global warming...


3 posted on 08/26/2009 5:37:46 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Daffynition

“That’s no planet...”


4 posted on 08/26/2009 5:38:14 PM PDT by Poe White Trash (Wake up!)
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To: Daffynition

Sounds like the description of the “whiffle bird” which you used to see in old biology texts.....


5 posted on 08/26/2009 5:39:29 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Daffynition

Must be a Disaster Area reunion concert!


6 posted on 08/26/2009 5:41:34 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Daffynition

Less than a day orbit? Unless planets are tougher than I think, that one should be gone by now.


7 posted on 08/26/2009 5:41:39 PM PDT by wastedyears (Genesis, Sega CD and Saturn work, and my 360 red rings after 2 and a half years.)
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To: Daffynition

ttiuwp!


8 posted on 08/26/2009 5:41:50 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: sig226; KevinDavis

Astro-Space Ping


9 posted on 08/26/2009 5:42:26 PM PDT by JerseyJohn61 (Better Late Than Never.......sometimes over lapping is worth the effort....)
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To: Daffynition

The only suicidal planet I know of is The Late Great Planet Earth.


10 posted on 08/26/2009 5:42:57 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: Daffynition
It's justa story - right?


11 posted on 08/26/2009 5:45:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Wisconsinlady

See? We’re not alone. Now if I could just get back to rusting away here...no, that’s alright, don’t try to cheer me up. A million years goes faster than you think.


12 posted on 08/26/2009 5:47:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: Wisconsinlady

DING! DING! We have a winnah!


13 posted on 08/26/2009 5:53:31 PM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: GeronL; Lawdoc; Carlucci; Zoe Brain; callisto; scottinoc; Movemout; markman46; AntiKev; ...


For other space news go to: http://www.spacetoday.net
14 posted on 08/26/2009 5:53:46 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: JoeProBono
R-i-g-h-t!


15 posted on 08/26/2009 5:55:12 PM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition; 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...
Thanks Daffynition!
 
Catastrophism
 
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16 posted on 08/26/2009 5:57:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Daffynition

Planet populated by liberals.


17 posted on 08/26/2009 5:58:10 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; garbageseeker; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Thanks Daffynition! LiberConservative, looks like the problem described was just a glitch!
 
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18 posted on 08/26/2009 5:59:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: JoeProBono

Pre-50’s sci-fi had the coolest penis-aliens ever!


19 posted on 08/26/2009 5:59:00 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Daffynition

Bush’s fault.


20 posted on 08/26/2009 5:59:40 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: KevinDavis

See you next year!

lol


21 posted on 08/26/2009 6:00:49 PM PDT by GeronL (Ted is dead, sir- begins train ride to hell .. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Daffynition; All

Has anyone called the Suicide Prevention Hotline on its behalf? Well, it has a million years before its demise, I guess there’s plenty of time...


22 posted on 08/26/2009 6:08:12 PM PDT by 95 Bravo ("Freedom is not free.")
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To: 95 Bravo; JoeProBono

23 posted on 08/26/2009 6:11:14 PM PDT by Daffynition ("...... we are about to be czarred and fettered." ~ alterum ictum faciam.)
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To: Daffynition
This sounds like a job for Algore, the Bye Polar Bear Man and his band of Enviro-Space Cadets!!!!

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24 posted on 08/26/2009 6:15:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (January 20th, 2013)
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Spitzer Sees the Aftermath of a Planetary Collision | Universe Today | Jan. 10, 2005 | Dolores Beasley and Gay Yee Hill | Posted on 01/13/2005 8:50:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv

25 posted on 08/26/2009 6:33:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Planetary System Formation [observed data challenges present theories]
Science | August 8, 2008 | J. C. B. Papaloizou
Posted on 09/08/2008 7:16:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2077835/posts


26 posted on 08/26/2009 6:36:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Jupiter-Like Planet Could Point to Another Earth
by Robert Roy Britt
13 June 2002
The primary discovery is a gas giant planet that circles a star called 55 Cancri every 13 years, comparable to Jupiter's 11.86-year orbit. The planet is between 3.5 and 5 times as heavy as Jupiter... The new planet orbits 55 Cancri at 5.5 astronomical units (AU). One AU is the distance from Earth to the Sun. Jupiter orbits at 5.2 AU. The same team had already spotted another planet around 55 Cancri, a place slightly less massive than Jupiter. It orbits so close to the star that it makes a complete orbit in just 14.6 days.

27 posted on 08/26/2009 6:36:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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that’s the last of the related sidebar topics I plan to post, g’night!

Exoplanets Dance in the Same Plane [ Gliese 876 ]
Sky & Telescope | Friday, January 9, 2009 | Robert Naeye
Posted on 01/14/2009 8:37:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2164814/posts


28 posted on 08/26/2009 6:37:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: wastedyears
Less than a day orbit? Unless planets are tougher than I think, that one should be gone by now.

Plus, you'd be hung over all the time, and hoarse from singing Auld Lang Syne.

29 posted on 08/26/2009 6:42:14 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (This tagline excerpted. To read more, click on MyOverratedBlog.com)
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To: BobL

Apocryphal, anthropological, asswipe; planets, rocks, stars aren’t living beings — they’re abstracts, not avatars.


30 posted on 08/26/2009 6:51:36 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Daffynition
Hellier's report on the suicidal planet

To call it a "suicidal planet" is stupid.

There are natural forces at work, the planet itself isn't intentionaly self destructing.

31 posted on 08/26/2009 8:33:28 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: JoeProBono

32 posted on 08/27/2009 4:22:31 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Graybeard58

With postal service being the way it is, perhaps the planet just found out Obama was elected last year.


33 posted on 08/27/2009 4:26:02 AM PDT by Sparko (Obama & czars: castrating Congress, perverting the Constitution, and emptying our wallets)
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To: Graybeard58

We have always pondered the existence of life on other worlds. Perhaps this one is exclusively democrats.


34 posted on 08/27/2009 6:53:14 AM PDT by sig226 (Real power is not the ability to destroy an enemy. It is the willingness to do it.)
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To: Daffynition
Hmmm. A David Carridine planet??
35 posted on 08/27/2009 12:46:05 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Martha's Vineyard is great! Hey, honey, let's take a drive . . . .)
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To: Daffynition

36 posted on 08/30/2009 10:45:18 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the voter: "Welcome to 'MY' DeathCARE ® Plan"...Sucker! ...now just die. :^)
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