Saturday, May 28, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Alien planet has 'plasma' water atmosphere


Posted on Thursday, 3 October, 2013 | Comment icon 4 comments

The alien planet is six times larger than the Earth. Image Credit: NAOJ
Astronomers have identified a nearby extrasolar planet with a particularly unusual atmosphere.
Gliese 1214 b is approximately six times the size of the Earth and while it does have water in its atmosphere it exists in a peculiar plasma-like state unlike anything ever observed before.

Scientists made the discovery using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii by observing the scattering of light from the planet and combining their findings with previous results. "At high pressure and high temperature, the behavior of water is quite different from that on the Earth," said principle investigator Norio Narita.

Gliese 1214 b is located about 40 light years away and orbits its parent star at a distance that's 70 times closer than the Earth is to the sun, resulting in an orbital period of just 38 hours.

The close proximity means that the surface is a scorching 280 degrees Celsius, conditions that when combined with high surface pressures make the planet highly inhospitable and a very unlikely place to find evidence of alien life.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (4)

Tags: Extrasolar Planet


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 3 October, 2013, 15:00
Another strange planet to add to our list of bizarre exo-planets. What other surprises await us in the future.
Comment icon #2 Posted by seeder on 3 October, 2013, 15:14
Space is great isnt it? So many interesting and weird things to be discovered!!
Comment icon #3 Posted by kevex on 4 October, 2013, 21:20
Awesome


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
NASA reveals new close-up images of Pluto
5-28-2016
The fascinating pictures are the most detailed views of Pluto we are going to get for a very long time.
Flintstones car issued with a parking ticket
5-28-2016
A real-life version of Fred Flintstone's vehicle was slapped with a parking ticket in Key West this week.
Dr Heimlich performs the Heimlich manoeuver
5-28-2016
The man who invented the anti-choking technique has for the first time used it himself to save someone.
Government study finds cellphone-cancer link
5-27-2016
The findings suggest that exposure to cellphone radiation may cause brain and heart cancers in rats.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Simulating Mars atop a volcano
Posted 5-28-2016 | 1 comment
Six scientists have been living an isolated existence to simulate a mission to Mars.
 
Seeking new antibiotics under the sea
Posted 5-27-2016 | 2 comments
Scientists are seeking new treatments for antibiotic-resistant infections beneath the waves.
 
World's first mile-long pizza
Posted 5-26-2016 | 1 comment
Italian chefs have produced a single gigantic pizza that stretches for an entire mile.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Not in our jurisdiction
5-2-2016 | California, United States
 
Zippers and headlights
5-2-2016 | Raleigh, United States
 
Spinning, voiceless and breathless
5-2-2016 | Garland, Texas
 
Paralyzed
4-15-2016 | United States
 
The mysterious awakening
4-6-2016 | Los Angeles, California
 
Chocolate fairy? Really?
4-6-2016 | United Kingdom
 
Christmas Day haunting
4-6-2016 | London, UK
 
The funeral director
3-30-2016 | Hebburn, England
 
A strange sighting in Spain
3-30-2016 | Albatera, Spain
 
Dust patterns on basement floor
3-27-2016 | Smithville, Texas
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ