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#1    Saru

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:52 AM

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has found a planet being destroyed by the heat of its own parent star.

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Astronomers from Nasa and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have detected a possible planet disintegrating under the searing heat of its host star, which is located 1,500 light-years from earth.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:09 AM

View PostSaru, on 21 May 2012 - 08:52 AM, said:

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has found a planet being destroyed by the heat of its own parent star.

LOL. I thought the telescope was disintegrating the planet, was wondering how that was possible!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:35 PM

The pic in the article is supposed to show us what the disintegrating planet looks like? :huh:

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:01 PM

Must be pretty hot. Wonder what the temperature is.....


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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:51 PM

View PostTroublehalf, on 21 May 2012 - 09:01 PM, said:

Must be pretty hot. Wonder what the temperature is.....

It tells you in the article:

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At an orbital distance of only twice the diameter of its star, the surface temperature of the planet is estimated to be a smouldering 3,300 degrees Fahrenheit.


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:22 AM

I'm glad I don't live their.


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:00 AM

Great place to get a tan

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:34 AM

it still has 200,000,000 years left. surface temp must be as hot as the sun ;/


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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

View Postcsspwns, on 23 May 2012 - 02:34 AM, said:

it still has 200,000,000 years left. surface temp must be as hot as the sun ;/

Imagine the heat! Damn, hot as the sun. Imagine going there on a holiday? Like someone mentioned, imagine the tan! ;)

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:10 PM

View Postcsspwns, on 23 May 2012 - 02:34 AM, said:

surface temp must be as hot as the sun

View Posthooko22, on 24 May 2012 - 05:29 PM, said:

Damn, hot as the sun.

To repeat my earlier quote from the article:

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At an orbital distance of only twice the diameter of its star, the surface temperature of the planet is estimated to be a smouldering 3,300 degrees Fahrenheit.

The surface temperure of the sun is 5,778K, which is around 10,000oF.

As hot as this planet is, it's not even 1/3 the temperature of the sun.

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