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Newly discovered alien planet 'resets the bar for weird'

 
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Newly discovered alien planet 'resets the bar for weird'
One of the newly found planets, called KELT-1b, is a massive world that is both incredibly hot and dense. The alien planet, which is mostly metallic hydrogen, is slightly larger than Jupiter, but contains a whopping 27 times the mass.

These types of alien worlds are known as " hot Jupiters " because they are gas giant planets that orbit extremely close to their parent stars.

KELT-1b is so close to its host star that it completes one orbit in a mere 29 hours. Being this close to its star, the planet's surface temperature is likely above 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 2,200 degrees Celsius), in the process receiving 6,000 times the amount of radiation that Earth receives from the sun, Beatty explained.
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"(It) resets the bar for weird," he said. "It's the sort of object that we would not have expected to find this close to its parent star."


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Re: Newly discovered alien planet 'resets the bar for weird'
What is "metalic hydrogen"?
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06/22/2012 10:15 AM
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Re: Newly discovered alien planet 'resets the bar for weird'
What is "metalic hydrogen"?
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When H is put under insane pressure it can actually behave like a metal.

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