Friday, December 13, 2013

What is a True Blue Planet Like? Apparently, Pain and Horribleness...

Anyone with a true fondness for space and astronomy will eventually stumble across Carl Sagan"s discussion of the Pale Blue Dot. This is a fond name that Sagan had for Earth which, given all of its water, looks a little blue. However, there is a true blue dot drifting out in the cosmos, and it"s not the Earth. It is HD 189733b, a cobalt-blue planet approximately 63 light-years from our solar system.

This planet reflects blue light a lot more than the Earth or the other planets in our solar system. So will we be able to make this planet into Earth 2.0? Not quite. In fact, saying that this planet is inhospitable is a bit like saying that the center of a volcano is inhospitable.

To discover just how deadly this planet is, see:


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