Thursday, January 22, 2015

Heavenly Body of the Week: The Pink Planet: or GJ 504b

"All of her lovers / All talk of her notes / And the flowers / That they never sent / And wasn't she easy / Isn't she / Pretty in pink" - Psychedelic Furs

At first glance, the planet appears covered in a dark shade of pink. The reason for this strange colouring is that the planet is still glowing from the heat of its formation, thus causing the uncommon planetary hue. At least that is what NASA says. But beyond its peculiar magenta coloring, this particular world has scientists reconsidering how planets and solar systems form. Although the Pink Planet is about the same size as Jupiter, it is much farther from its parent star than many astronomers believe is possible for such a huge planet, but yet there it is, in all its pink glory. Pretty sexy, if ya ask me.
 
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2 comments:

  1. That is quite the bright colour! I love the shading

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  2. Now, of course, this is just an artist's rendering, but I like to think the planet really is this pretty in pink. I mean, I always take art over reality, anyway.

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