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    The planet that defies physics..

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...s-1777738.html


    It's the planet that really shouldn't exist or at least not for
    long. It is 10 times the size of Jupiter, orbits its own star in under
    24 hours and should soon be spiralling into the surface of its
    searingly-hot sun.

    Under the laws of physics, planet WASP-18b orbiting a star 1,000 light
    years from Earth is too big and too close to its sun for comfort. The
    tidal interactions between the two massive objects should be pulling
    them together in a deadly gravitational embrace.

    British astronomers say they have made a highly unusual planetary
    discovery in finding WASP-18b. Either they just happened to have
    witnessed an exceptionally rare event that they have likened to
    winning the lottery, or they do not understand the tidal forces
    affecting distant planets beyond our own solar system.

    "The problem with this planet is that it's very massive and very close
    to its star. It should be creating tidal bulging that makes it spiral
    into its star," said Professor Andrew Collier Cameron of St Andrew's
    University.

    The planet is at least one billion years old, yet at this rate it
    should have no more than half a million years left before it crashes
    into its own star. The chances of finding it at this point in its life
    cycle is about 1 in 2,000.

    Professor Cameron said: "This is another bizarre planet discovery. The
    situation is analogous to the way tidal friction is gradually causing
    the Earth's spin to slow down, and the Moon to spiral away from the
    Earth," he said. "In this case, however, the spin of the star is
    slower than the orbit of the planet, so the star should be spinning
    up, and the planet spiralling in," he said.

    WASP-18b, one of more than 300 known "exoplanets" orbiting distant
    stars, was discovered by a team led by Coel Hellier of Keele
    University, whose study is published in the journal Nature.

    It is a hot, Jupiter-like planet where temperatures exceed 2,100C
    high enough to create clouds of silica-based gems, according to
    Professor Cameron. If anyone could visit this planet, and survive,
    they might see a sky full of diamonds and sapphires, he said.
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    Re: The planet that defies physics..

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeah Well Fine Then View Post
    Either they just happened to have
    witnessed an exceptionally rare event that they have likened to
    winning the lottery, or they do not understand the tidal forces
    affecting distant planets beyond our own solar system.
    The chances of finding it at this point in its life
    cycle is about 1 in 2,000.
    Certainly an interesting discovery, thanks for the post. Extrasolar planets are being discovered at the rate of 1 or 2 a week now, we're starting to fill in our picture of the universe.

    However, if the odds of winning the lottery in the UK are 1 in 2000 then buy me a ticket. Like the article says, there are about 300 known exoplanets, and the odds of finding one like this are 1 in 2000, so it's not really that unlikely.

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    Re: The planet that defies physics..

    It's not really, is it?

    I especially liked this bit


    It is a hot, Jupiter-like planet where temperatures exceed 2,100C
    high enough to create clouds of silica-based gems, according to
    Professor Cameron. If anyone could visit this planet, and survive,
    they might see a sky full of diamonds and sapphires
    , he said.
    Every Saint has a past, every sinner has a future..

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    Re: The planet that defies physics..

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeah Well Fine Then View Post
    It's not really, is it?

    I especially liked this bit


    It is a hot, Jupiter-like planet where temperatures exceed 2,100C
    high enough to create clouds of silica-based gems, according to
    Professor Cameron. If anyone could visit this planet, and survive,
    they might see a sky full of diamonds and sapphires
    , he said.
    Oh, I missed that last paragraph. Awesome.

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    Re: The planet that defies physics..

    dont black holes defy physics!? how can a black hole have dimensions!? there is no depth!? it's a 2 dimensional NON object!? how can a 2 dimensional NON object exist in 3 dimensional space!? therefore it does NOT exist!? yet......

    i got an idea!? it's god's peep hole into the universe!? i 1 way mirror of sorts!? i think there's a biblical passage that describes this!? saw it on a jewish study site but lost it!? darn!? :freak3: :spin2: :
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    Re: The planet that defies physics..

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeah Well Fine Then View Post
    It's not really, is it?

    I especially liked this bit


    It is a hot, Jupiter-like planet where temperatures exceed 2,100C
    high enough to create clouds of silica-based gems, according to
    Professor Cameron. If anyone could visit this planet, and survive,
    they might see a sky full of diamonds and sapphires
    , he said.

    The problem being that diamonds ignite well below the listed temperature, and don't contain silica.

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    Re: The planet that defies physics..

    Quote Originally Posted by ProfHenryHiggins View Post
    The problem being that diamonds ignite well below the listed temperature, and don't contain silica.
    yup!? it would be "fools jewels"!? :freak3: :spin2: :
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