View Full Version : Kepler Discovers Planets-like Objects Hotter Than Stars
2010-Jan-04, 03:20 PM
Possible habitable zones around stars. Credit: Kepler missionThe Kepler mission announced the discovery of 5 new extrasolar planets today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, DC, each with some very unusual properties. But additionally, the space telescope has spotted some Jupiter-sized objects orbiting stars, and these objects are hotter than the [...]
2010-Jan-04, 04:22 PM
What could be jupiter-sized but very hot? Maybe a swarm of satellites around a white dwarf?
2010-Jan-04, 05:40 PM
One of these new planets is similar in many ways to Neptune, although its irradiation level is much higher. A second planet is one of the least dense planets ever discovered, and along with the other three, confirms the existence of planets with densities substantially lower than those predicted for gas giant planets. Borucki said Kepler 7b has the density of styrofoam, at .17 grams per cubic centimeter, basically a density of zero.
That is just plain silly. Something's wrong.
2010-Jan-05, 02:48 AM
Is this the opening title sequence for Third Rock From The Sun playing out before me?
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