Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

NASA discovers unusual pink exoplanet

Posted on Monday, 12 August, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments


Image credit: NASA

 
Astronomers have succeeded in photographing a pink gas giant approximately 57 light years away.

The strange pink-hued world is about four times the mass of Jupiter despite being about the same size, making it the lowest mass extrasolar planet ever photographed. Another unusual aspect of the planet is that it is located over nine times further away from its parent star as Jupiter is from the Sun, a fact that seems to contradict known planet-formation theories.

"This is among the hardest planets to explain in a traditional planet-formation framework," said researcher Markus Janson. "Its discovery implies that we need to seriously consider alternative formation theories."

"Through infrared imaging, astronomers have taken photos of a giant, magenta-hued planet orbiting its sun, 57 light-years from Earth."

  View: Full article

 Source: MSN


  Discuss: View comments (18)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by moonshadow60 on 12 August, 2013, 20:21
What a lovely image that is, though. Mars is red, and this one is pink.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 12 August, 2013, 20:48
So, man came from Mars, and girls came from this pink exoplanet. It's all so clear to me now why my wife is so "distant"
Comment icon #11 Posted by Technocrat on 12 August, 2013, 21:04
Well what do you know - a gay planet!
Comment icon #12 Posted by mesuma on 12 August, 2013, 22:22
Is it made of candy floss?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rocketgirl on 12 August, 2013, 23:48
Best planet discovery ever. I wonder what makes the planet pink.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Ianp on 13 August, 2013, 3:52
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
Comment icon #15 Posted by Ratte on 13 August, 2013, 6:15
I wish I had a keyboard to bang my head on right now. (On phone) Edit to add: I'll just go find a wall somewhere.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Technocrat on 13 August, 2013, 14:36
The scientists are contradicting themselves here. Back in March they were saying the colour/color pink doesn't exist! So what they actually discovered is a planet that is a mixture of red and violet! See here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2112339/Sorry-girls-colour-pink-doesnt-exist-just-pigment-imagination.html
Comment icon #17 Posted by Rogue Suga on 13 August, 2013, 15:08
What a gorgeous planet! I want to visit that one day and bring along my kittens, who'll love it too.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Spacenut56 on 14 August, 2013, 17:03
Hopefully it doesn't rain liquid glass like that other planet.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Giant black swan once roamed New Zealand
7-26-2017
Scientists have found evidence of a huge, hulking semi-flightless swan that went extinct 500 years ago.
Time is key to happiness, new study claims
7-25-2017
According to researchers, stressing out over a lack of time is a leading cause of anxiety and depression.
Eden Project UFO revealed as publicity stunt
7-25-2017
Videos and pictures of an alleged UFO over Cornwall have turned out to be part of a promotional exercise.
Moon is much wetter than previously thought
7-25-2017
Satellite data has revealed that there is water trapped all across the Moon's surface, not just at the poles.
Other news in this category
Moon is much wetter than previously thought
Posted 7-25-2017 | 24 comments
Satellite data has revealed that there is water trapped all across the Moon's surface, not just at the poles....
 
SpaceX ditches plans for 2018 Mars landing
Posted 7-21-2017 | 5 comments
Plans to land a modified version of the company's reusable Dragon capsule on Mars have been scrapped....
 
Today marks 48 years since first Moon landing
Posted 7-20-2017 | 13 comments
Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made history when they set foot on the lunar surface 48 years ago today....
 
NASA reveals amazing new Pluto flyover video
Posted 7-16-2017 | 15 comments
The footage has been constructed from the thousands of photographs taken by the New Horizons probe....
 
NASA doesn't have the funds to land on Mars
Posted 7-14-2017 | 24 comments
The space agency has admitted that it cannot currently afford to land humans on the surface of Mars....
 
Juno offers up stunning new images of Jupiter
Posted 7-13-2017 | 10 comments
The space probe has captured staggeringly detailed shots of Jupiter's centuries-old Great Red Spot....
 
Juno set to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Posted 7-10-2017 | 1 comment
NASA's Juno probe will soon be embarking on a long-awaited flyby of Jupiter's most prominent feature....
 
Mars may be a lot more toxic than we thought
Posted 7-7-2017 | 8 comments
New research has shown that the Martian soil is quite an inhospitable environment for microbial life....
 
Astronomers discover methanol on Enceladus
Posted 7-5-2017 | 11 comments
An unexpectedly high amount of the organic molecule has been found coming from Saturn's icy moon....
 
Hawking: 'Trump could turn Earth in to Venus'
Posted 7-5-2017 | 178 comments
In an interview on his 75th birthday, Professor Stephen Hawking warned of the dangers of global warming....
 
First Mars rover landed 20 years ago today
Posted 7-4-2017 | 2 comments
It has been exactly two decades since NASA's Pathfinder mission touched down on the surface of Mars....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
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