Scientists have been able to calculate the colour of a planet 63 light years away and found that it bears a striking resemblance to Earth.
Ope o, i’m parking my load! i don tire for this world sef.
An artist’s impression of HD 189733b (that’s the name by the way, maybe the aliens know it as thmudhys or something) shows it would be a brilliant cobalt blue if seen from a short distance in space.
Although it looks cool, astronomers say conditions there are hellish.
Temperatures on the exoplanet – a planet outside the Solar System – are said to be 1,000C. Winds blow at more than 4,000mph, it rains slivers of silicate glass and the chances of life are extremely remote.
Chai, there goes my hope!
As there are no blue oceans the colour is thought to come from light scattered by the silicate particles in the atmosphere.
This was a major breakthrough for astronomers, who have been able to determine the true colour of an exoplanet orbiting a star beyond the sun for the first time.
The dazzling blue HD 189733b is part of a group of exoplanets known as “hot Jupiters”.
IN OTHER NEWS…
NASA unveiled new discoveries made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope today (April 18).
Scientists revealed the findings during a news conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center.
Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water”. Launched in 2009, the Kepler space telescope is detecting planets and planet candidates with a wide range of sizes and orbital distances to help us better understand our place in the galaxy. The $600 million Kepler spacecraft has flagged more than 2,700 potential planets since its launch. Just 115 or so have been confirmed to date by follow-up observations, but mission scientists estimate that more than 90 percent will turn out to be the real deal.
So maybe i shouldn’t unpack my bag just yet.