Monday, August 22, 2011

TrES-2b: Dark Planet

Hi! I've been out of town on vacation for a few weeks which explains the crickets chirping on my blog. I've got a couple substantive posts brewing, but in the meantime enjoy this new release from NASA concerning the creepiest planet yet discovered:

"Planet TrES-2b reflects back less than one percent of the light it receives, making it darker than any known planet or moon, darker even than coal. Jupiter-sized TrES-2b orbits extremely close to a sun-like star 750 light years away, and was discovered producing slight eclipses in 2006 using the modest 10-cm telescopes of the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES). The alien world's strange darkness, however, was only uncovered recently by observations indicating its slight reflective glow by the Earth-orbiting Kepler satellite. An artist's drawing of planet is below, complete with unsubstantiated speculation on possible moons. Reasons for TrES-2b's darkness remain unknown and are an active topic of research."


  1. Hail to the homeworld of His Divine Shadow.

    Someone get Bruce Willis & Milla Jovovich on the phone!

  2. We are in your planet, stealing your visible electromagnetic emissions.

    - Ark

  3. This is the planet the cheesy-ass skull dudes from They Live come from. They are currently turning our atmosphere into their atmosphere.

  4. "Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole..."