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   CaliforniaMama  Monday Aug 22 02:35 PM

August 22, 2011 Black Planet

Discovered in our home galaxy by the Kepler Space Telescope, TrES-2b is the darkest planet ever found.



This Jupiter-like gas giant planet reflects only one percent of the starlight that strikes it.

Why is it so dark? That is a mystery the astronomers will enjoy investigating!

via National Geographic

Illustration courtesy David A. Aguilar, CFA



Spexxvet  Monday Aug 22 02:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
Discovered in our home galaxy by the Kepler Space Telescope, TrES-2b is the darkest planet ever found.
TrEs-2b, commonly called the Compton planet...


Sundae  Monday Aug 22 04:03 PM

Don't hate it cos it black.



CaliforniaMama  Tuesday Aug 23 09:02 AM

This is the name I like:

Quote:
"Maybe an appropriate nickname would be Erebus"—ancient Greece's god of darkness.
From this National Geographic article.

(For some reason, I've noticed that the first time I click the link it goes to the Store, but the second time I click the link it will go to the article.)


wolf  Tuesday Aug 23 11:56 PM

I fear that.



Trilby  Wednesday Aug 24 05:23 AM

Let's name it Shadow!

Or Smokey!

Or Dark Black!



Griff  Wednesday Aug 24 08:38 AM

How about something more overtly racist like Spook?



ZenGum  Wednesday Aug 24 09:34 AM

Does it have to orbit at the back of the solar system?

It does need a better name. I wonder if you got a French speaker to pronounce TrES-2b whether they could make it sound like Tres toubee' or something.

There is a debate in physics about whether the hypothesised cloud of dark matter surrounding our galaxy is in the form of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles or Massive Astrophysical Compact Halo Objects. Yup, WIMPs Vs MACHOs.

Science is mostly serious, but it seems you are allowed to have fun with the naming.



SPUCK  Thursday Sep 1 04:56 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Science is mostly serious, but it seems you
are allowed to have fun with the naming.
Foreshore. Just look at the subatomic particle names for the types of quarks. Charm, color, etc.


Happy Monkey  Thursday Sep 1 11:42 AM

Quick, somebody get Leeloo!



glatt  Thursday Sep 1 12:24 PM

mmm... Leeloo...



Trilby  Thursday Sep 1 01:38 PM

This is racist.



Pico and ME  Tuesday Sep 6 09:55 PM

Quote:
Quick, somebody get Leeloo!
.


ZenGum  Wednesday Sep 7 03:48 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Foreshore. Just look at the subatomic particle names for the types of quarks. Charm, color, etc.
Geologists get in on it too:

Check out this metamorphic amphibole with the chemical composition (Mg,Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2, magnesium iron silicate hydroxide.


ZenGum  Wednesday Sep 7 03:54 AM

Oh for the lurve of gawd, I've found the mother load: http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm

Dickite ... moronic acid ... arsoles ... fruticolone ... fucitol ... furfuryl furfurate ...

[/productivity for today]



wolf  Wednesday Sep 7 10:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
That was a lot funnier before I read the entry.


BigV  Wednesday Sep 7 02:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pico and ME View Post
.
oh gawd. we do *ahem* (probably more than our fair) share of costuming. That one looks like it goes on super easy and come off in a rain of tears. ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch


infinite monkey  Wednesday Sep 7 02:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Oh for the lurve of gawd, I've found the mother lode: http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm

Dickite ... moronic acid ... arsoles ... fruticolone ... fucitol ... furfuryl furfurate ...

[/productivity for today]





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