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Kepler telescope eyes disintegrating planet

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

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

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

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

It tells you in the article:

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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I'm glad I don't live their.

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Great place to get a tan

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

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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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surface temp must be as hot as the sun

Damn, hot as the sun.

To repeat my earlier quote from the article:

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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