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STAR BLASTER: NASA observes 'exploding' planet
Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | June 29, 2012 | Claire Connelly, Technology Reporter

Posted on 06/30/2012 1:48:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

SCIENTISTS have captured the moment a giant solar flare from a distant star scorched one of its orbiting planets, blasting the upper atmosphere away.

NASA's Swift Telescope detected a huge X-ray flare from the star 63 light years from Earth and then the Hubble recorded the pictures as it ripped into an orbiting gas giant known as "HD 189733b".

While the planet managed to survive the experience, scientists calculated it received three million times as many X-rays as Earth receives during a solar flare.

At least 900 tonnes of gas was ejected from the planet's atmosphere per second at a speed of more than 482,803km/h.

If this had happened on Earth our atmosphere would have been destroyed, leaving the planet a hardened husk of its former self, much like the planet Mercury.

Scientists say the affected planet still has gas to spare but by orbiting to close to its sun it risks being destroyed.

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; hd189733b; thomasvanflandern; xplanets
The atmosphere of the planet was scorched and eroded after the X-Ray flare of its neighbouring star. Picture: NASA Source: Supplied

STAR BLASTER: NASA observes explodin' planet

1 posted on 06/30/2012 1:48:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 06/30/2012 1:49:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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The HD 189733b keyword:
3 posted on 06/30/2012 1:50:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...
 
X-Planets
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Google news searches: exoplanet · exosolar · extrasolar ·

4 posted on 06/30/2012 1:50:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

The upside is that no one on that planet will ever need to pass through a TSA scanner again.


5 posted on 06/30/2012 1:51:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SunkenCiv

a warning to other planets without universal health care


6 posted on 06/30/2012 1:51:43 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (i a m t h e m a r g i n o f e r r e r)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

“extra, extra” ping.

Hubble, Swift detect first-ever changes in an exoplanet atmosphere
http://www.sciencecodex.com/hubble_swift_detect_firstever_changes_in_an_exoplanet_atmosphere-94216

http://news.google.com/news/more?pz=1&js=0&cf=all&ned=us&source=ig&ncl=dY5SjnMrwblhkIM

http://news.google.com/news/section?q=exoplanet&source=ig&hl=en&rlz&um=1&ie=ISO-8859-1&tab=wn&scoring=n&pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&js=0


7 posted on 06/30/2012 1:53:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess that planet wasn’t paying enough taxes and had to be blasted.


8 posted on 06/30/2012 1:53:40 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

9 posted on 06/30/2012 1:55:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv

Obi-Wan: That’s no moon. It’s a space station.


10 posted on 06/30/2012 1:55:36 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: cripplecreek
Oh...it gets even 'better'....
11 posted on 06/30/2012 1:58:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv
Well, we all know what happened the last time a planet exploded.


12 posted on 06/30/2012 2:00:02 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: SunkenCiv

I sure hope it isn’t Romulus and Spock is again too late to stop the planet’s destruction.


13 posted on 06/30/2012 2:07:46 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: SunkenCiv

How come the pictures are all cartoon? Where are the real data, real pictures?


14 posted on 06/30/2012 2:12:03 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Real global warming!


15 posted on 06/30/2012 2:18:08 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: mountainlion

The data probably isn’t in photographic form.


16 posted on 06/30/2012 2:23:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: mountainlion

Why, are you a *real* mountain lion?

Because of the real data, the artist’s conceptions are possible.


17 posted on 06/30/2012 2:32:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
I got my hopes up to see some pictures and was disappointed with the cartoons. They make some really great digital representations of some of the strange happenings. I once worked for USGS and saw more than my share of photos.

Mountainlion started as mountainlyons because I lived in the mountains above Lyons. I kept spelling it wrong so I changed it.

18 posted on 06/30/2012 2:46:26 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: SunkenCiv

How the heck do they know 900 tonnes of the upper atmosphere got blasted away? and has the EPA been notified?


19 posted on 06/30/2012 3:58:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, if the star is 63 light-years away, this actually happened in the latter half of 1948 or the first half of 1949. Therefore it’s Harry Truman’s fault, not George W. Bush’s.


20 posted on 06/30/2012 4:51:06 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

“Therefore it’s Harry Truman’s fault, not George W. Bush’s.”

I beg your pardon, it certainly was George W Bush’s fault as he was already destroying the universe at the age of 3.


21 posted on 06/30/2012 5:25:31 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Lx

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Enterprise was always near every danged planet that got destroyed.


22 posted on 06/30/2012 5:50:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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;’)


23 posted on 06/30/2012 7:00:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

The chunk observed to be blasted away was the same shape as Michael Moore.


24 posted on 06/30/2012 7:02:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cripplecreek; InvisibleChurch; NoGrayZone; BenLurkin; Bryanw92; Bratch; aimhigh

It’s amazing how FReepers can joke about pretty much anything. ;’) I mean, really, what’s more serious than an explodin’ freakin’ planet?!? ;’)


25 posted on 06/30/2012 7:05:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Alderon?


26 posted on 06/30/2012 7:08:02 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: SunkenCiv
What NASA couldn't see (due to the angle)


27 posted on 06/30/2012 7:21:07 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: SunkenCiv

It blew up 63 years ago! The mourning period is over.


28 posted on 06/30/2012 7:27:07 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SunkenCiv
I enjoy your posts for their interesting content. Please do not let my clowning around discourage you.
29 posted on 07/01/2012 8:01:04 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve had it, and I’m stormin’ out of here! Goodbye forever!

Wait, what? ;’)


30 posted on 07/01/2012 8:29:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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