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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."

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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. :passifier: 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
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
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.


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