Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Scientists discover largest known planet

Nature is amazing.

Scientists have discovered the universe's largest known planet, a giant ball made of mostly hydrogen that is 20 times larger than Earth and circling a star 1,400 light-years away.


"There is probably not a really firm surface anywhere on the planet. You would sink into it," said Georgi Mandushev, a research scientist at Lowell Observatory and lead author of an article announcing the finding in the peer-reviewed Astrophysical Journal Letters.


"It's just letting us know that nature has some surprises for us ... a much wider range of possibility than we could imagine," Boss said.

He said scientists "can't understand why these so-called fluffy planets are so fluffy. It really is a mystery, just how they can be so low-density."


I woke up at 3:30am the other night and couldn't sleep, so I went out on our top deck and star gazed for awhile. It's so difficult for me to understand how some view our universe as nothing other than the result of a materlistic blurp in time.