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Suck THAT Down Your Gravity Well!

POSTED BY: KWICKO
UPDATED: Monday, May 24, 2010 19:52
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Monday, May 24, 2010 1:04 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100524/sc_afp/usscienceastronomy



Hubble catches planet being devoured by its star

Quote:

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Hubble space telescope has discovered a planet in our galaxy in the process of being devoured by the star that it orbits, according to a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The doomed planet, dubbed WASP-12b, has the highest known surface temperature of any planet in the Milky Way -- around 1,500 degrees Celsius (2,800 degrees Fahrenheit).
But it could be enveloped by its own parent star over the next ten million years, the paper's authors have concluded.
Using a new instrument called the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph that was installed on Hubble in 2009, the researchers observed how the planet was whipped into an elongated shape by gravitational forces.
"We see a huge cloud of material around the planet, which is escaping and will be captured by the star. We have identified chemical elements never before seen on planets outside our own solar system," team leader Carole Haswell of The Open University in Great Britain said.
Discovered in 2008, WASP-12b is located about 600 light-years from Earth in the Auriga Constellation and is more than 300 times the size of Earth.
It also has a mass 40-percent greater than that of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system.
It is so close to its parent star that it orbits it in little more than 24 hours.
Astronomers already knew that stars will swallow a planet that comes too close to it, but this is the first time that the phenomenon has been observed so clearly.



It would be fascinating and horrible to watch, I have to admit.




Mike

"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero, Real World Event Discussions



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Monday, May 24, 2010 1:35 PM

STEGASAURUS


I would say just fascinating. Any life that may have been on that planet was gone long, long ago. It's essentially a molten ball just waiting to be absorbed by it's sun.

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Monday, May 24, 2010 1:54 PM

BLUESUNCOMPANYMAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Stegasaurus:
Any life that may have been on that planet was gone long, long ago.

There was surely never life on that object. Its mass is 40% greater than Jupiter making it a gas giant, and based on other studies of close orbiting jovians, like 51-Pegasus, it has likely always been a ball of gasious plasma and like nothing we know of in our star system.

Theories about these relationships contend that the "planet" was at one time a failed star and has been eroding into it's parent star for millions of years. This planet was more than likely far bigger than it is today at the time of it's formation. Since it failed to ignite fusion at it's formation we see an eroding jovian in the place of a binary star system.

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Monday, May 24, 2010 2:38 PM

FLORALBUNNY


Hubble gotchu!

bun

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Monday, May 24, 2010 3:01 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


Yup, it was never a life-sustaining planet; like BSCM said, it was a failed star, but it's still sad to see it go this way. Think about how you'd feel watching Jupiter be destroyed.

Still, stars gotta eat, and now there's just more fusion fuel...

Mike

"I supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 and intellegence [sic] had very little to do with that decision." - Hero, Real World Event Discussions


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Monday, May 24, 2010 4:15 PM

CYBERSNARK


Quote:

Originally posted by bluesuncompanyman:
Quote:

Originally posted by Stegasaurus:
Any life that may have been on that planet was gone long, long ago.

There was surely never life on that object. Its mass is 40% greater than Jupiter making it a gas giant, and based on other studies of close orbiting jovians, like 51-Pegasus, it has likely always been a ball of gasious plasma and like nothing we know of in our star system.


"It's life, Jim, but not as we know it."

I never discount the impossible. The universe has a disconcerting habit of taking it as a challenge.

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Monday, May 24, 2010 4:29 PM

KWICKO

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)


True, Snark. True. I think the more we explore, the more we're going to find that wherever life CAN exist, it WILL exist. Certainly seems to be the case here on Earth.

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Monday, May 24, 2010 5:00 PM

DMI

Expired, forgotten, spoiled rotten.


There was a really interesting short story in Analog Magazine a few months ago called "Planet Hunters" about astronomers, one of whom specialized in so-called hot-jovians or gas giants the closely orbit their suns. Well written and worth reading.

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I pray for one last landing,
on the globe that gave me birth.
Let me rest my eyes on the fleecy skies
and the cool, green hills of Earth.

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Monday, May 24, 2010 6:28 PM

BLUESUNCOMPANYMAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
like BSCM said, it was a failed star

I didn't think you would ever agree with me on anything kwik.

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Monday, May 24, 2010 7:52 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


Quote:

Originally posted by Kwicko:
Still, stars gotta eat, and now there's just more fusion fuel...


Maybe the star wanted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man by chomping the nearest object.


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