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Blackest Planet Ever Found, Absorbs Nearly 100% of Light That Reaches It
Popular Science ^ | Posted 08.12.2011 at 10:11 am | By Clay Dillow

Posted on 08/12/2011 1:25:13 PM PDT by Red Badger

Kepler has found the darkest known planet in universe--a Jupiter-sized exoplanet some 750 light-years away that is so black that it reflects just one percent of the light that reaches it. TrES-2b is so black that it’s darker than coal, or any other planet or moon that we’ve yet discovered. It’s less reflective than black acrylic paint. To summarize: it’s really, really black.

But TrES-2b is not completely black. It emits an extremely faint red glow, like that of a hot ember. And it turns out that heat is the main culprit behind this darkest of dark planets. TrES-2b orbits its star at a distance of just 3 million miles (by comparison, we’re about 93 million miles from our sun), which leads to surface temperatures on TrES-2b of more than 1,800 degrees.

That’s too hot for the formation of ammonia clouds that would reflect some of that incoming radiation as they do on Jupiter. Rather, TrES-2b’s atmosphere is made up of things like vaporized sodium, potassium, and titanium oxide--things that actually compound the problem by absorbing heat. But even these don’t fully explain the planet’s extreme blackness, which is still puzzling astronomers. There's some kind of strange chemistry going on out there that even Kepler can't see.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: astronomy; space

TrES-2b, the Blackest Planet We've Ever Seen David A. Aguilar (CfA)

I guess we now have Minority Planets................

1 posted on 08/12/2011 1:25:19 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Popcorn.

Must get popcorn.


2 posted on 08/12/2011 1:26:21 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Red Badger

Planet Obama


3 posted on 08/12/2011 1:27:41 PM PDT by getarope (I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I am all out of bubble gum!)
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To: Red Badger

Ray Nagin is running for mayor there.


4 posted on 08/12/2011 1:27:46 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Red Badger
New image coming in...


5 posted on 08/12/2011 1:28:47 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Red Badger
No doubt there's some very advanced science under that "energy shield".

That's how you do it ~ get some protection, move in closer, ......

6 posted on 08/12/2011 1:28:55 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Red Badger

7 posted on 08/12/2011 1:30:04 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Red Badger

The 5th Element


8 posted on 08/12/2011 1:30:10 PM PDT by BallandPowder
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To: Red Badger

9 posted on 08/12/2011 1:31:14 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Red Badger

IBTTRK

(In Before The ‘That’s Racist’ Kid)


10 posted on 08/12/2011 1:34:06 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Red Badger

I’ve known people like this as well. Because my light shines so rawly and intensely, I believe I attract ‘em. Thank God I a have stable, renewable source :-D.


11 posted on 08/12/2011 1:34:32 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Red Badger

Just Damn? I thought this thread was about Detroit?


12 posted on 08/12/2011 1:34:35 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Red Badger
...surface temperatures on TrES-2b of more than 1,800 degrees.

Global warming alert.

13 posted on 08/12/2011 1:45:20 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Red Badger; greyfoxx39

Planet Kolob?


14 posted on 08/12/2011 1:46:54 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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15 posted on 08/12/2011 1:47:05 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . Can*t I just eat my cheeseburger? ...Where are my fries ? . . . . . . . . .)
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To: 6SJ7

Must have a lotta SUV’s there................


16 posted on 08/12/2011 1:47:11 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: getarope

Wouldn’t it have to be a half-white/half-black planet?


17 posted on 08/12/2011 1:49:19 PM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: dragonblustar

Geidi Prime?........................

18 posted on 08/12/2011 1:50:11 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Is it this black? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiCB2isZcRM


19 posted on 08/12/2011 1:52:37 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Red Badger

My little three year old was looking at that picture and he kept saying “Star Wars”, I think he meant the death star!


20 posted on 08/12/2011 1:53:51 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: Red Badger

“Blackest Planet Ever Found, Absorbs Nearly 100% of Light That Reaches It”

Big Deal.

We’ve got a government that absorbs nearly 140% of the money that reaches it.

Top that Mr. Planet!


21 posted on 08/12/2011 1:58:22 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Red Badger

So much jumping to conclusions...

The planet is not necessarily black.

It could very easily be that, the light being reflected from the planet is being blocked by some sort of cloud, or ring-like structure, like we have around Saturn. We can’t see the cloud or the ring, and the only thing that we can surmise from the calculations is that, there is something planet-like around a star, whose light is not being seen through our instruments.

Other than that, it could also be a planet full of Draculas, or a vampire planet, where those creatures wanted total darkness all day long and got tired of having to sleep in caskets.

Or, it could be a “black gold” planet, oil that is. And the answer to all of our energy problems. Are you listening Exxon?


22 posted on 08/12/2011 1:59:25 PM PDT by adorno
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To: Red Badger
Zahadoom.... What do you want?... The shadows stir from the darkness...
23 posted on 08/12/2011 2:01:51 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: Waverunner

24 posted on 08/12/2011 2:03:10 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: dragonblustar
Planet Kolob?

Probably Uranus

25 posted on 08/12/2011 2:05:26 PM PDT by poindexters brother
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To: Hunton Peck

On what planet is titanium oxide black?

Apparently this one, I guess.


26 posted on 08/12/2011 2:07:41 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: Hunton Peck

Or as my neighbor used to say, blacker than coalies ass.


27 posted on 08/12/2011 2:12:37 PM PDT by refermech
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To: BlazingArizona

As Will Rodgers said, all I know is what I read on the internets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium%28III%29_oxide


28 posted on 08/12/2011 2:21:16 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: poindexters brother
Probably Uranus

What's wrong with Uranus?

29 posted on 08/12/2011 2:23:20 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Is it still true that the majority of democrats pay no income taxes?)
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To: Rapscallion
What's wrong with Uranus?

It's infested with Klingons.

30 posted on 08/12/2011 2:25:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Larry Lucido

Nigel Tufnel: It’s like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.


31 posted on 08/12/2011 2:38:07 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Larry Lucido

“Ray Nagin is running for mayor there.”

Is it a Chocolate planet?


32 posted on 08/12/2011 3:07:52 PM PDT by Levante
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To: poindexters brother
Probably Uranus

Probably? How many black planets have you been to?

33 posted on 08/12/2011 3:11:39 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: poindexters brother

Isn’t Uranus brown?


34 posted on 08/12/2011 3:12:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

Bowling ball?


35 posted on 08/12/2011 3:26:39 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama get our AAA back.)
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To: dfwgator
Isn’t Uranus brown?

All I know is that the sun never shines there - sounds black to me.

36 posted on 08/12/2011 3:30:31 PM PDT by poindexters brother
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To: Red Badger
Blackest Planet Ever Found, Absorbs Nearly 100% of Light That Reaches It

Obamus ?

ML/NJ

37 posted on 08/12/2011 3:57:19 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: C210N

Yes, but he has disavowed his white side.


38 posted on 08/12/2011 4:37:42 PM PDT by getarope (I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I am all out of bubble gum!)
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To: getarope

Must you?

I was thinking Green Lantern and his oath.


39 posted on 08/12/2011 4:42:41 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Red Badger
It's not completely black.
40 posted on 08/12/2011 4:45:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Red Badger
There's some kind of strange chemistry going on out there that even Kepler can't see.

Surely, this is physics and not chemistry. We are taught to understand that the perfect radiator is the perfect absorber, so it would seem that an object at 1800F ( or C? ) which radiates in the visible spectrum would also absorb in the visible spectrum, even when the impinging light ( from the star ) is much more intense than its own radiation.

Just a notion, but I would look at this before postulating unknown chemistry.

... and sorry for calling you Shirley.

41 posted on 08/12/2011 8:35:02 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Levante

YUM!! A chocolate planet!


42 posted on 08/13/2011 2:29:30 PM PDT by tal hajus ("Thank you sir. May I have another?" GOP)
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To: tal hajus

“YUM!! A chocolate planet!”

CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP! (Don’t forget the nougat!!!!) ;)


43 posted on 08/14/2011 9:07:26 AM PDT by Levante
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