August 8 2007

Scientists Find Giant Planet

Giant PlanetI haven’t talked about outer space in awhile, and there seems to be a lot going on out there suddenly.

The biggest news, literally, is the discovery of a planet 1,400 light years away in the Hercules constellation. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you… TrES-4! Soon to be a HOT vacation destination for push pins?

Why push pins?

It has the density of cork, and a surface temperature of 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring at MINIMUM an spf-15 sunscreen.

The picture shown here is a computer rendering of the new planet as it orbits it’s sun, the streak behind it being a trail of the planet’s atmosphere. Apparently being so close to the parent star, the atmosphere gets pulled away by the gravity.

The big part of this story is the planet’s immense size. It is 70% bigger than Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. So, in short, this planet is enormous, but we will never reach it, so… oh well. Still interesting to know it’s out there.

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