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Distant planet with iron raindrops found (clouds and fog made of molten iron)
CNN ^

Posted on 01/08/2003 9:49:52 AM PST by spetznaz

SEATTLE (AP) -- Using a new technique that will be used to search for Earthlike planets, astronomers have found a distant extrasolar planet, a bizarre place of torrid heat, with clouds and raindrops made of iron.

A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics found the planet orbiting a star 5,000 light years away by detecting the slight dimming of light caused as the planet moved between the star and telescopes on Earth.

The sophisticated technique was compared to spotting the shadow cast by a mosquito flying in front of a searchlight two hundred miles away.

Because it is so close to its star, the new planet is thought to have an atmospheric temperature of about 3,100 degrees F, enough to vaporize most metals.

"This is the hottest planet that we know about," said Sasselov. "It is hot enough to have an iron fog and to rain hot iron droplets."

He said the new planet would be a place of violence, with a powerful jet stream whipping the clouds and loosing showers of molten iron.

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I can see the advert now: If you need to get a tan in seconds visit planet Gehenna (branding by hot iron droplets included for free).

With all seriousness this place seems to be the horrid nightmare of Dante's inferno! Fog of molten gaseous iron, and rainstorms of molten metal!

Ay yi yi caramba!

1 posted on 01/08/2003 9:49:52 AM PST by spetznaz
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To: Stavka2; Gunrunner2; VaBthang4; mvpel
Getting hot over there!
2 posted on 01/08/2003 9:50:46 AM PST by spetznaz (( I am tired of eating cereal ..........seriously))
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To: RadioAstronomer; longshadow; PatrickHenry
Not-a-good-vacation-spot ping
3 posted on 01/08/2003 9:53:17 AM PST by Aracelis
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To: spetznaz
Raindrops keep falling on my head, tra la la. Ouch.
4 posted on 01/08/2003 9:56:24 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: spetznaz
Super fast streams of hot air....inhospitable to human life...barren...


Planet Hillary has been discovered.

5 posted on 01/08/2003 9:57:04 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: spetznaz
clouds and raindrops made of iron.

A visit would require one hell of a strong embrella. Seriesly.

6 posted on 01/08/2003 9:57:56 AM PST by concerned about politics (Liberals are facist)
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To: Piltdown_Woman
I hear it's nice in January.
7 posted on 01/08/2003 9:57:58 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: spetznaz
You know, it's not so much the heat as it is the molten iron boring through my skull.
8 posted on 01/08/2003 10:00:55 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: spetznaz
The worst part about visiting is that jackass cousin of mine: "Is it hot enough for ya?"
9 posted on 01/08/2003 10:02:33 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: concerned about politics
And a net for the Iron Butterflys.
10 posted on 01/08/2003 10:02:48 AM PST by Dead Dog
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To: Dead Dog
Butterflies
11 posted on 01/08/2003 10:03:38 AM PST by Dead Dog
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To: spetznaz
It's the humidity!

Or did they find Hell?
14 posted on 01/08/2003 10:15:57 AM PST by JoeSixPack1 (Semper Gumby!)
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To: Dead Dog
I hate articles full of psuedo-scientific conjecture. The premise leaves the foregone conclusion that iron rain was seen. This is complete and utter non-sense. They can't just say - 'WOW We found a planet!" They have to pile on with some imaginary details to try to make it interesting to the general public. What a lot of Rot. Bravo on the discovery - boo on the BS.
15 posted on 01/08/2003 10:15:58 AM PST by FormerRep
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To: spetznaz
"...hot enough to have an iron fog and to rain hot iron droplets.... a place of violence, with a powerful jet stream whipping the clouds and loosing showers of molten iron."

Sounds like Detroit in August.

16 posted on 01/08/2003 10:25:32 AM PST by fivecatsandadog
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To: spetznaz
Al Gore adds: The planet had previously hosted a vibrant civilization, but unfortunately they couldn't end their love affair with their SUVs.
17 posted on 01/08/2003 10:31:27 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: spetznaz
A guy could make good money selling ice cream on that planet.
18 posted on 01/08/2003 10:34:13 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: spetznaz
And in other news. 3000 leading environmental scientists project that if Kyoto isn't implemented and republicans booted out of office the earth will look like this is 3-6 months

They based the projections on new computer models that suggested that people weren't afraid of the predictions of their old computer models.

19 posted on 01/08/2003 10:42:02 AM PST by rudehost
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To: spetznaz
If they would have just gave up on their SUVs...
20 posted on 01/08/2003 10:46:28 AM PST by riversarewet
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To: fivecatsandadog
Could be.
21 posted on 01/08/2003 10:48:34 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: spetznaz
Sounds like the Tholian homeworld.
22 posted on 01/08/2003 10:52:20 AM PST by Redcloak ("Aahhh... The renowned Tholian punctuality." -Spock)
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To: spetznaz
The Universe is indeed a strange and disturbing place.
23 posted on 01/08/2003 10:53:38 AM PST by Darksheare (Dancing amid a billowing tower of Iron fog smoke.)
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To: Larry Lucido
Al Gore adds: The planet had previously hosted a vibrant civilization, but unfortunately they couldn't end their love affair with their SUVs.

A new report from the government says raw eggs may contain salmonella and may be unsafe. In fact, the latest government report says it wasn't the fall that killed Humpty Dumpty - he was dead before he hit the ground.

24 posted on 01/08/2003 10:55:50 AM PST by concerned about politics (Give a democrat something for free, and they'll bitch because it isn't gift wrapped!)
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To: fivecatsandadog
I have never myself been to Detroit. I never knew it was a hot place ( is it hotter that Arizona or Oklahoma during summer)?
25 posted on 01/08/2003 10:56:38 AM PST by spetznaz (( I am tired of eating cereal ..........seriously))
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To: rudehost
And in other news. 3000 leading environmental scientists project that if Kyoto isn't implemented and republicans booted out of office the earth will look like this is 3-6 months

Why, the pollution is so bad that when I put air in my tires, two of them died!

26 posted on 01/08/2003 10:58:53 AM PST by concerned about politics (Help beautify our city dumps - throw something pretty away today!)
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To: spetznaz
...found the planet orbiting a star 5,000 light years away by detecting the slight dimming of light caused as the planet moved between the star and telescopes on Earth.

Maybe a mosquito moved between the star and the telescopes!

27 posted on 01/08/2003 10:59:29 AM PST by smokinleroy
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To: Redcloak
Facinating thing to me in the article is they have already found more than 100 planets around other stars. I grew up in a world (Earth) where they constantly debated whether ANY other stars had planets, and there were all kinds of theories about why it might be such a rare occurence.

There must be many thousands or millions of planets just in our galaxy. Imagine all the exploring to be done.

28 posted on 01/08/2003 11:01:02 AM PST by Williams
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To: spetznaz
I have never myself been to Detroit. I never knew it was a hot place ( is it hotter that Arizona or Oklahoma during summer)?

It's not the heat here, it's the humidity... All those Great Lakes just sitting right there billowing clouds of steam...

29 posted on 01/08/2003 11:10:18 AM PST by Chemist_Geek (Better Living Through Chemistry!)
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To: smokinleroy
Maybe a mosquito moved between the star and the telescopes!

I bought a little ant farm once, but I couldn't find a tractor small enough and they all died.

30 posted on 01/08/2003 11:19:25 AM PST by concerned about politics (Assist US charities. Diapers for Democrats.com)
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To: Chemist_Geek; spetznaz
Actually, it's both. 90+ degrees/high humidity (therefore, BIG thunderboomers and (""shudder"") tornadoes) is rather normal for southeast Michigan in August. Never been to Arizona or OK. Lived my younger years in S. California, and I will never forget my first hot/humid summer in Michigan. Yech.
31 posted on 01/08/2003 11:19:54 AM PST by fivecatsandadog
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To: spetznaz
This planet is where hillary is queen.
32 posted on 01/08/2003 11:25:01 AM PST by desertcry
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To: spetznaz
"It is hot enough to have an iron fog and to rain hot iron droplets."

And the occasional Heavy Metal Thunder, no doubt. ;^)

33 posted on 01/08/2003 11:26:21 AM PST by Charles Martel
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To: desertcry
Why can't we send her back?!
34 posted on 01/08/2003 11:29:47 AM PST by Darksheare ("A long time ago in a sink far far away.. well, not so far away and not so long ago..")
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To: spetznaz
"It is hot enough to have an iron fog and to rain hot iron droplets."

Sounds like an extended weather forcast for downtown Bagdad.

35 posted on 01/08/2003 11:30:47 AM PST by MassExodus
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To: spetznaz
"It's hot, damned hot!
"Real hot!
"I can cook stuff in my shorts!
"Gonna do a little crotch pot cookin'!
"Was you born on the sun?!?
'S Daaaaamn hot!!!"

36 posted on 01/08/2003 11:40:43 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Dead Dog
And a net for the Iron Butterflys.

In-a-gadda-da-vida, honey
Don't you know that I love you
I-na-gadda-da-vida, baby
Don't you know that I'll always be true
Oh won'tcha come with me
An-a take my hand
Oh won'tcha come with me
An-a walk this land
PLEASE TAKE MY HAND!

No, that was a general comment, not specifically meant for you...

37 posted on 01/08/2003 11:46:01 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Darksheare
Why can't we send her back We wish! Unfortunately she refused most strongly, and said: Not until every one of us joins her. She needs psople to rule, and worship her.
38 posted on 01/08/2003 11:51:38 AM PST by desertcry
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To: Psycho_Bunny
ROTFLMAO!
39 posted on 01/08/2003 12:02:27 PM PST by hobbes1
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To: fivecatsandadog
Actually, it's both. 90+ degrees/high humidity (therefore, BIG thunderboomers and (""shudder"") tornadoes) is rather normal for southeast Michigan in August. Never been to Arizona or OK. Lived my younger years in S. California, and I will never forget my first hot/humid summer in Michigan. Yech.

Yeah, August in Detroit isn't a whole lot of fun. Therefore, I try to get up north as much as possible then... :-D

As far as Arizona goes, I spent a few weeks in San Diego during the summer a few years ago. Fascinating place; going from Del Mar to Escondido, from 70 °F to 105 °F, in half an hour... Then I went to Yuma, AZ for a day in August. Bleech.

Re thunderboomers, that's what SKYWARN is for... :-D

40 posted on 01/08/2003 12:14:32 PM PST by Chemist_Geek (Better Living Through Chemistry!)
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To: desertcry
NO! *Said in echoing voice while falling into the abyss*
We must find some way to expunge the alien life-form!
41 posted on 01/08/2003 12:16:38 PM PST by Darksheare ("Where is your corkyndrill, your grimoire? If you do not bring them I shall take you to the Gaoul!")
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To: Darksheare
.....find a way to expunge the alien life-form Yes, but this alien sticks like crazy glue, and will require quite a bit of work to exorcize. Sorry I could not help you in the 2000 election, I live too far away. But in 2004 or 2008, I will be waiting. I don't think she can control her alien ego not to run for the ultimate office.
42 posted on 01/08/2003 12:32:54 PM PST by desertcry
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Oh great, now I'll be singin' Innagoddadavita all day...:-(

thump thump datta da ta thump thump....

43 posted on 01/08/2003 1:17:23 PM PST by JoeSixPack1 (Stop inhaling, you suck too much)
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To: desertcry
*Brightens up*
You're right, the Hitlery cannot control it's urge to draw closer to those in power and places of power.
44 posted on 01/08/2003 1:55:13 PM PST by Darksheare (":\_Inventory. You can't carry anything, you're a computer!")
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To: spetznaz
compared to spotting the shadow cast by a mosquito flying in front of a searchlight two hundred miles away

Stupid question, but how do we know that there wasn't a "mosquito" somewhere between the telescope and the star? To think that there is absolutely nothing in the viewfinder over that 29.4 quadrillion mile distance is just a little presumptious, wouldn't you think?

45 posted on 01/08/2003 2:30:15 PM PST by Fredgoblu
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To: spetznaz
I say we give this planet to the Palestinians for a new homeland.
46 posted on 01/08/2003 2:32:33 PM PST by CougarGA7
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To: Fredgoblu
It was buzzing around its star at a rate of once every 29 hours. Talk about a year passing quickly.
47 posted on 01/08/2003 3:52:41 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (yeehaw)
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To: spetznaz
It ain't so bad at night time though. Wearing sweaters is recommended.
49 posted on 01/09/2003 6:05:04 PM PST by Eternal_Bear
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