Sunday, April 30, 2017
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 3 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 (3)

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
Real-life Iron Man shows off suit in Vancouver
4-29-2017
The inventor of the impressive flying suit demonstrated his creation at this week's TED conference.
Cassini survives, returns breathtaking images
4-29-2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured a series of impressive new photos during its death-defying dive.
Time travel is 'mathematically possible'
4-29-2017
According to Professor Ben Tippett, traveling through time is not outside the realms of possibility.
Distant 'ice ball' exoplanet discovered
4-28-2017
Scientists have announced the discovery of a freezing Earth-mass world 13,000 light years away.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Giant Rolo
Posted 4-29-2017 | 1 comment
Barry and James create the world's largest Rolo using piles and piles of chocolate.
 
Gliding leaf frogs
Posted 4-28-2017 | 0 comments
These remarkable amphibians use their webbed feet to help them glide through the air.
 
Venus flytrap anemone
Posted 4-27-2017 | 0 comments
A look at one particularly unusual creature which lives down at the bottom of the ocean.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ