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Hubble finds blue planet with glass rain


Posted on Saturday, 13 July, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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In a world first astronomers have been able to determine the true colour of an extrasolar planet.

At a distance of 63 light years, the planet HD189733b possesses a deep azure colour that might at first glimpse seem like an indication that it is very similar to the Earth. Far from being a water-rich haven however, the new planet is a gas giant with an atmosphere of 1,000 degrees Celsius and winds up to 7,000km per hour. This distant world is even pelted by searing glass shards raining down from the heavens.

"Measuring its colour is a real first - we can actually imagine what this planet would look like if we were able to look at it directly," said Professor Frederic Pont. To do this, astronomers observed the changes in the light spectrum from the host star when the planet passed behind it.

"For the first time, astronomers have determined the true colour of a planet orbiting another star."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by newbloodmoon on 15 July, 2013, 4:56
The new prince song will be "Azure Rain", the follow up to his 80's classic "purple rain". Just sayin'.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lex540 on 15 July, 2013, 14:57
when can i visit cause i cracked time travel due to parralell universe if a scientist thinks of something the one in the other universe thinks the same idea and we converge at some point in our thinking
Comment icon #9 Posted by Spacenut56 on 15 July, 2013, 17:40
A planet that may rain liquid glass, my oh my, what other wonders does the universe hold for u??s. Would love to be an Astronaut in orbit around this planet so as to study it more. Amazing.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 15 July, 2013, 20:17
last time i heard about hubble, it appeared to be broken. and there it is back, bringing some space awesomeness! cool
Comment icon #11 Posted by Spacenut56 on 15 July, 2013, 21:10
They must have patched it up.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Odds on 16 July, 2013, 0:46
Awesome indeed, but not one where you would want to be caught in a storm, lol.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 July, 2013, 15:32
I think you are getting your space telescopes mixed up. It is Kepler that has the problems, Hubble is in perfect working order.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Spacenut56 on 16 July, 2013, 16:01
I stand corrected. Thank you! Knew it was one of those space telescopes.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 July, 2013, 16:03
Actually it was Jacques Terreur that said he thought it was broken.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 16 July, 2013, 19:49
i heard it in a german radio broadcast, they stated clearly that it was Hubble that broke, some weeks ago.....oh well, what sources can you trust these days, eh? Very exciting finds anyway!


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