TV News LIES

Friday, Jul 31st

Last update06:10:38 AM GMT

You are here News Science Darkest Planet Found: Coal-Black, It Reflects Almost No Light

Darkest Planet Found: Coal-Black, It Reflects Almost No Light

Darkest planet discoveredIt may be hard to imagine a planet blacker than coal, but that's what astronomers say they've discovered in our home galaxy with NASA's Kepler space telescope.

Orbiting only about three million miles out from its star, the Jupiter-size gas giant planet, dubbed TrES-2b, is heated to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (980 degrees Celsius). Yet the apparently inky world appears to reflect almost none of the starlight that shines on it, according to a new study.

"Being less reflective than coal or even the blackest acrylic paint—this makes it by far the darkest planet ever discovered," lead study author David Kipping said.

"If we could see it up close it would look like a near-black ball of gas, with a slight glowing red tinge to it—a true exotic amongst exoplanets," added Kipping, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Earth-orbiting Kepler spacecraft was specifically designed to find planets outside our solar system. But at such distances—TrES-2b, for instance, is 750 light-years from us—it's not as simple as snapping pictures of alien worlds.

Instead, Kepler—using light sensors called photometers that continuously monitor tens of thousands of stars—looks for the regular dimming of stars.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Massive swimming dinosaur's skeleton, age 70 million, found in Alaska

swimming dinosaur foundThe fossilized remains of a swimming dinosaur have been discovered by researchers at the University of...

NASA's Kepler spacecraft spots planet 'somebody else might call home'

Kepler spavecraft finds earth twinScientists have spotted a planet much the same size as our Earth orbiting a star that...

Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact

Aircraft bomb bagA new system to resist terrorist bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been tested in dramatic experiments.A...

Security experts hack into moving car and seize control

car controls highjacked by tech expertsA pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!