The First Glimpse Of An Actual Alien Planet

September 18, 2008


That's right folks, this is not the light at the end of the tunnel, it's a star and orbiting planet some 500 light years away.

While scientists have found numerous planets by detecting gravitational "wobble" in stars, "this is the first time we have directly seen a planetary mass object in a likely orbit around a star like our Sun," said the lead author of a paper about the discovery, David Lafrenière.

The planet is 3,106 trillion miles away and approximately 8x the size of Jupiter, but 11x further from its sun than Neptune is from ours. Interesting, very interesting. Being a town-renowned astronomer myself, I'll go ahead and spit some info about the planet that those pseudo-scientists that made the discovery failed to mention. Let's see here....round, yellowish-orange, significantly smaller than 1".

BAM! You just got Saganed!

Historic first look at an alien world, 3106 trillion miles away [dvice]

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