Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Darkest Planet

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Astronomers unveiled research on a new world today, reportedly darker than coal.

The planet, orbiting a distant star, is formally labeled TrES-2b and is the size of Jupiter. It is located about 750 light years away in the direction of the constellation of Draco the Dragon.

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  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The study is published in the Royal Astronomical Society Journal Monthly Notices. Scientists used NASA's orbiting Kepler spacecraft to make the observations.

"TrES-2b is considerably less reflective than black acrylic paint, so it's truly an alien world," said David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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