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Blue Planet HD 189733b Rains Glass

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NASA’s ever-peering eye into the heavens, the Hubble Space Telescope, has found a distant planet whose blue hue could be the result of glass rain.

The planet, HD 189733b, is located 63 light-years away, and it wasn’t until recently, when the planet passed behind its host star, that scientists were able to surmise that the planet is blue.

“We saw the light becoming less bright in the blue but not in the green or red. Light was missing in the blue but not in the red when it was hidden,” said one of the researchers involved in the study, Frederic Pont from University of Exeter in South West England. “This means that the object that disappeared was blue.”

Despite resembling Earth’s blue aura from a distance, the giant gas planet is anything but our home planet. Searing daily temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and 4,500 miles per hour make the planet uninhabitable, and scientists theorize that its blue hue comes doesn’t come from the ocean like it does on Earth, but from silicate particles (glass) in the atmosphere that scatter blue light.

You can read the fully study detailing the findings here.


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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