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NASA discovers unusual pink exoplanet

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:10 AM

Astronomers Image Lowest-mass Exoplanet Around a Sun-like Star



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Using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, an international team of astronomers has imaged a giant planet around the bright star GJ 504. Several times the mass of Jupiter and similar in size, the new world, dubbed GJ 504b, is the lowest-mass planet ever detected around a star like the sun using direct imaging techniques.

"If we could travel to this giant planet, we would see a world still glowing from the heat of its formation with a color reminiscent of a dark cherry blossom, a dull magenta," said Michael McElwain, a member of the discovery team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Our near-infrared camera reveals that its color is much more blue than other imaged planets, which may indicate that its atmosphere has fewer clouds."

GJ 504b orbits its star at nearly nine times the distance Jupiter orbits the sun, which poses a challenge to theoretical ideas of how giant planets form.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:26 PM

Newly Discovered Pink Exoplanet on the Lighter Side.

There is a pink exoplanet circling a star very much like our own, 57 light-years away from Earth. But its origins are a mystery.

In a new study announcing the magenta gas giant, researchers were able to directly image this exoplanet using the Subaru telescope on Hawaii. The color of this blushing body indicates it has less cloud cover than other observed exoplanets, meaning researchers can peer even deeper into its atmosphere to divine its components.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:40 AM

Populated by girls, butterflies and ponies, no doubt.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 12:44 PM

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:15 PM

Forgive my ignorance but does the planet only appear "pink" because of the infra-red photography?

At any rate it is nice to see stuff like this, it shows that astronomers do NOT know everything about the universe as some claim to.

Assuming that this photo is not photo-shopped or hoaxed, it shows that physics is far more weirder than we thought.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 03:11 PM

Its... FABULOUS!!!


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:46 PM

View PostEldorado, on 12 August 2013 - 11:40 AM, said:

Populated by girls, butterflies and ponies, no doubt.

with a very nice man for a leader   :lol:

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 06:05 PM

I love it! It's so "girlie"! I want to live there :)


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:19 PM

What a lovely image that is, though.  Mars is red, and this one is pink.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:21 PM

What a lovely image that is, though.  Mars is red, and this one is pink.


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:48 PM

So, man came from Mars, and girls came from this pink exoplanet.  :passifier:

It's all so clear to me now why my wife is so "distant"

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:04 PM

Well what do you know - a gay planet! :clap:

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:22 PM

Is it made of candy floss?


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:48 PM

Best planet discovery ever. I wonder what makes the planet pink.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 03:52 AM

The picture is not of the planet but is an made up picture of what it might look like. The actual picture is very small with no real detail





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