Thursday, December 26, 2013

Heavenly Body of the Week: WASP 12b


The poor little planet that is being eaten by its own sun. This planet is so close to its sun (one year on WASP 12b is equal to just one Earth day), that tidal forces are distorting the planet into an egg shape, and pulling away its atmosphere at a rate of 189 quadrillion tonnes per second.  It has an estimated life expectancy of 10 million more years before being completely devoured by its own sun, which in the whole scheme of things is pretty young for a planet.  Alas poor WASP 12b, I wish I knew him well.

See ya 'round the web.

6 comments:

  1. That poor dumb bastard of a planet. Don't it know not to fuck with the sun...or star, or whatever it's fuckin' with?

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  2. Never get into a staring contest with the Sun.

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  3. Finally a planet for White Anglo Saxon Protestants. An egghead and being eaten alive by its own sunny boy. Sounds 'bout right. Duck Dynasty is very big there. I'll check in on it in around a million years and see if it invented a Wall Street or a Walmart. Sure signs of an advanced civilization.

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  4. I heard it might get a Starbuck's in 500,000 or so years.

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  5. That Sun is just a big bully, if you ask me. Leave a girl alone why dontchya?

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  6. And this "girl" (is WASP 12b really a girl? Yeah, maybe she is) weighs in at around four times the size of Jupiter, so just imagine what that bitch Earth would do in this situation.

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