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A planet has been discovered, 13 times the size of Jupiter.

[quote]Scientists using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii have discovered a "super-Jupiter" orbiting around the bright star Kappa Andromedae. The planet, which is about 13 times the size of Jupiter, glows with a reddish color and skirts the line between planet and star on account of its tremendous mass. Moreover, its parent star now holds the record for the most massive sun known to host a directly imaged planet or lightweight brown dwarf companion.

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by Anonymousreply 3511/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 111/21/2012

Can we build McMansions on it?

by Anonymousreply 211/21/2012

Is that the Planet X that will cause chaos during the end of the Mayan calender??

by Anonymousreply 311/21/2012

Stop the Chris Christie bashing!

by Anonymousreply 411/21/2012


by Anonymousreply 511/21/2012

That's no planet! That's my ovary!

by Anonymousreply 611/21/2012

It's a planet that was made out of the collected negative energy of bitter Romney voters. Is it any wonder it was discovered after the election?

by Anonymousreply 711/21/2012


No, literally, hot.

by Anonymousreply 811/21/2012

Is it an insatiable bottom?

by Anonymousreply 911/21/2012

170 light years is really close

by Anonymousreply 1011/21/2012

Astronomers are nothing but a bunch of fickle size queens.

by Anonymousreply 1111/21/2012

I'm not a scientist, man! It could be a large planet, or perhaps just a very large, angry turnip.

by Anonymousreply 1211/21/2012

Close on astronomical scales, yes. Too bad each light year is still 6 trillion miles.

Voyager 2 has been travelling at 38,120 miles per hour since 1977, and is still only 11 billion miles from the Sun. It will take 17,565 years for Voyager 2 to travel a complete light year.

by Anonymousreply 1311/21/2012

Yup, size matters here.

by Anonymousreply 1411/21/2012

I hear that Kappa Andromedae is an insatiable bottom.

by Anonymousreply 1511/21/2012

It astounds me that we are finding planets in other solar systems. I honestly thought we were a unique solar system in the universe. I still don't believe there can be life on any other planet, but I could see how fantasy authors could make that leap.

by Anonymousreply 1611/21/2012

Of course there has to be life somewhere else, R16. Either you believe in American, er, Earthling exceptionalism, or you have to admit that chemical elements and stellar lifecycles work the same throughout the known universe.

by Anonymousreply 1711/21/2012

[quote]I honestly thought we were a unique solar system in the universe.

R16, you cannot possibly be that stupid and/or uneducated. Please tell me you are trolling. And if you're not, please go and read some basic science books now. A great introduction for people who know nothing about science is "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson.

by Anonymousreply 1811/21/2012

R3, Planet is supposed to be much closer than that.

by Anonymousreply 1911/21/2012

It's the planet where all actors egos are stored.

by Anonymousreply 2011/21/2012

There has to be some kind of life form on a planet that massive.

by Anonymousreply 2111/21/2012

I hope it doesn't decide to crash into earth.

by Anonymousreply 2211/21/2012

[quote]I honestly thought we were a unique solar system in the universe.

That has to rank right up there as one of the most idiotic statements posted on DL.

[quote]The universe may glitter with far more stars than even Carl Sagan imagined when he rhapsodized about billions upon billions. A new study suggests there are a mind-blowing 300 sextillion of them, or three times as many as scientists previously calculated. That is a 3 followed by 23 zeros. Or 3 trillion times 100 billion.

And out of all of those stars, you somehow think that we're it? You can't possibly be serious.

by Anonymousreply 2311/21/2012


by Anonymousreply 2411/22/2012

[quote]There has to be some kind of life form on a planet that massive.

There really doesn't. The existence - or otherwise - of life on a planet has to do with many other elements than just size. There are a myriad of requirements that a planetary body needs to have in *just the right* combination to be able to sustain life.

by Anonymousreply 2511/23/2012

Not as big as Jennifer Lawrence!

by Anonymousreply 2611/23/2012

Incredible, to witness such wonders in one's lifetime.

by Anonymousreply 2711/23/2012

The years have not been kind to what was a really greasy, ugly face even it its prime.

by Anonymousreply 2811/23/2012

And someday I will rule it.

by Anonymousreply 2911/23/2012

We're doomed!

DOOMED, I say! The Alumqui are near!

by Anonymousreply 3011/23/2012

I like R27.

by Anonymousreply 3111/23/2012

Janet Jackson's career is much bigger than that planet. Plus she is so much prettier!

by Anonymousreply 3211/23/2012

It must have an enormous schvanstigger.

by Anonymousreply 3311/23/2012

I love R13. More factoids, please.

by Anonymousreply 3411/23/2012

If you laid every star ed to end, I wouldn't be surprised.

by Anonymousreply 3511/23/2012
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