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The Strangest Exoplanet Ever

October 10, 2013 Alien Stars and Exoplanets 1152
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gliese876d-800Gliese 436 b is probably my favorite exoplanet. (not that it being my favorite is a big accomplishment on its behalf, especially as I am easily amused); however, I believe the same could be said for many individuals (laypeople and scientists alike). This exoplanet is a favorite of many, which is unsurprising as the planet is currently of the strangest, most inexplicable exoplanets we know of…and we know of some strange planets. For example, one exoplanet is known to contain some type of unknown substance that has made the planet darker than coal. Plus, with the number of potential candidates approaching quadruple digits, calling Gliese 436b the strangest is really saying something.

 

Before we delve into the strangeness that is Gliese 436 b, lets talk about it’s basic features…

 

The Neptune-sized planet orbits a cooler, less luminous red-dwarf star (dubbed Gliese 436), completing one full orbit in just 2 days and 15.5 hours. This short orbital period indicates that the planet in question is located very close to Gliese 436, perhaps orbiting it from an area that is roughly 13 times closer to the star than Mercury (the innermost planet of our solar system) is from the Sun.

 

Credit: Dr. Jason Wright

Credit: Dr. Jason Wright

Because of this close proximity, the planet’s surface temperature is expected to be around 400 degrees Celsius (752 F), which is sufficiently hot enough to permanently ward off water in liquid form. Our current models say that a planet like this, composed mostly of hydrogen gas (with such high surface temperatures), should have significant quantities of methane present in the atmosphere. Here is where Gliese 436 b presents us our first conundrum. The planet has more than 7,000 times less methane than it should. Yet, it does have a surprising abundance of carbon monoxide molecules.

 

And that is the other mystery… carbon monoxide should not be present to this degree, as it only becomes dominant with temperatures that exceed 900 degrees Celsius. According to a scientist from the Kepler team, “Carbon, when it is cold, likes to hold onto hydrogen, but if it is hotter it likes to throw off the the hydrogen and steal oxygen from, say, water molecules, to make carbon monoxide.” The cause of this perplexing discovery is still unknown, but whatever the case may be, the mystery of the missing methane still has astronomers scratching their heads.

 

Moving onward, as I mentioned before, the planet is similar in size to Neptune, but it is too compact to be composed largely of hydrogen (like typical gas-giants), yet is not compact enough to be considered a “super-Earth.” Therefore, astronomers believe the planet may host a large concentration of an exotic form of hot water-ice (now dubbed “Ice-x”). The water substance can remain solid despite the blisteringly hot temperatures experienced there. You read that right, water as a solid at temperature exceeding 400C/700F. How is that even possible?! Well, it may be that the immense gravity of the planet is strong enough to compress the trace amount of water vapor found in the atmosphere, ultimately allowing the substance to remain solid despite the temperatures.

 

However, this “ice” is not traditional in any regard, as it’s very hot and could totally melt your face off if you caught a drop of it in your mouth. And if I may, ice that can burn your face off is a little bit strange.

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198 Comments

  1. Soli Loquy October 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm -

    Cool. I mean hot….oh dear

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  2. Lupizz Looera October 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm -

    what the fuck!!!!! hot ice?????

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  3. Joyce Davis October 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm -

    wow

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  4. Vicki Phelps October 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm -

    Wow!

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  5. Francisco P. R. Garcia October 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm -

    Must be something in the line of “hot icecream”?

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  6. Kevin McColl October 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm -

    If its darker then coal, why is the artistic image not just a black dot?

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  7. Shady Mouhamed M October 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm -

    tell me more about that ice
    how it was discovered ?
    what are its characteristics (physical and chemical ) ?

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  8. Shane Slosson October 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm -

    so, i clciked the lnk and got a broken database message: anyone else have this issue?

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  9. Jackie Dyer October 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm -

    The website cannot display the page

    HTTP 500

    Most likely causes:
    •The website is under maintenance.
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    What you can try:

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  10. Jon Ramsay October 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm -

    Hot ice? NOPE

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  11. Orlondo LondotheSkitso Jones October 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm -

    HOT ICE???? Man, I fucking LOVE science. lmao.

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  12. Maik Donath October 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm -

    Cmon, we all know hot ice from our favorite porns!

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  13. Melody Reyes October 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm -

    say whaaaaaaaaaaaaat!

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  14. Daniel Johnson October 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm -

    Damn nutty shit

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  15. Emelia Black-Matthews October 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm -

    I can’t open it either

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  16. Saul Rodriguez October 10, 2013 at 3:51 pm -

    Nice!!!!

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  17. Engkab Chilmazari October 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm -

    Hot ice? Whats next, freezing fire?

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  18. Ellinor Denkert October 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm -

    OMG FIND A WAY FOR INSTERSTELLAR TRAVEL ALREADY!

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  19. John-adam Perreault October 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm -

    strange

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  20. Lupizz Looera October 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm -

    Hi Gliese 436 b!!!!!!

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  21. Christopher Austin October 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm -

    Bruen Black so cold it burns

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  22. Michael Hawkins October 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm -

    Adam White read the full article

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  23. Heather R. Sirback-Greco October 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm -

    It’s Hell!

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  24. Espada Three-Fraccion October 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm -

    Welcome to Hell

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  25. Johnny J Mason October 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm -

    Sounds like something off Mario galaxy.

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  26. Ronald McBride October 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm -

    Aloha, have nice trip, Glieses…

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  27. Raymo Greenall October 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm -

    It’s http not htpps

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  28. Happy Kira October 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm -

    The wonders of the universe…..

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  29. Evon Morgan October 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm -

    One more example of something scientists cannot prove, but have only theorized about its composition, that we are required to take as fact. Hmmm…hit me up when it’s confirmed.

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    • Evon Morgan October 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm -

      The quote would’ve been better worded “The planet that is thought to be coated in hot ice”. See…facts!

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    • David Quinn October 11, 2013 at 7:45 am -

      I’d love more example of things that you are ‘required to take as fact’. Because this isn’t one of them. If you take captions on FB pictures as science then you’re an idiot. The article is pretty clear about it NOT being a fact.

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    • David Quinn October 11, 2013 at 7:47 am -

      The only people who require you to ‘take something as fact’ without proof are religious zealots. You know, the ones who want to make you disregard science? I’m sure you know.

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    • David Quinn October 11, 2013 at 7:49 am -

      And if you’re going to require ‘proof’ of everything you learn in science, you may want to read something like this : http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/hypothesis-theory-or-law/

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    • David Quinn October 11, 2013 at 7:49 am -

      … or go re-do 8th grade science class and shut the hell up.

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    • David Quinn October 11, 2013 at 7:50 am -

      By the way, can you ‘prove’ that you need food to live? I think you should try.

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    • David Quinn October 11, 2013 at 7:50 am -

      No news will be good news. Good luck.

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  30. Brandon St John October 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm -

    Please Evon Morgan, do tell us all the amazing things you’ve discovered and submitted on the behalf of science, for peer review. Waiting…

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  31. Maureen Weber October 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm -

    The universe never ceases to amaze.

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  32. Geremy Wilson October 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm -

    Evon Morgan they do have ways of knowing what planets are made out of, it involves measuring light to determine density and mass the science its sound and proven, even if its beyond you.

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  33. Adrián González Calva October 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm -

    Hot Ice, thats amazing! How did this gas giant ended up so close to its parent star, wow

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  34. Gaame Phaace October 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm -

    Truth is consistently & persistently STRANGER than fiction.

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  35. Rebecca Gliserman October 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm -

    Wow. My last name is Gliserman. Where did the planet name come from.

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  36. Séamus Millar October 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm -

    So that’s where Icy/Hot is made…

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  37. Michael Kelly October 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm -

    That’s where IcyHot comes from. ;-)

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  38. Alexandre Motard Forero October 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm -

    what about the new exoplanet which has been discovered today and it’s floating around the space without solar system ? his name is PSO J318.5-22. I think it’s stranger than Gliese 436 b, isn’t it ? I am happy to discover your page, it’s interesting :)

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  39. Victoria Garza October 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm -

    Thank you for these amazing posts of awesome knowledge as always. XD

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  40. Hazel Morley October 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm -

    Wow!

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  41. James Iacono October 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm -

    Marissa Bracko

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  42. Victoria Emanuela October 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm -

    da faq

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  43. ハルド オナイス・ October 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm -

    Aka = Red ( japanese )

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  44. Gareth Croson October 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm -

    Gas under pressure becomes a liquid. Thus, when scuba divers are under too long their tissues absorb nitrogen as a liquid and if they come up too fast, without giving nitrogen time to return to a gaseous state and bleed off through their lungs, they get the bends. It stands to reason that under enough pressure water would become solid. If all pressure were removed from water it should become steam and evaporate. If water is subjected to enough pressure to become solid, the temperature would also seem likely to increase as well. Under these circumstances it seems that hot ice should be possible and predictable. Am I wrong?

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  45. Gareth Croson October 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm -

    Gas under pressure becomes a liquid. Thus, when scuba divers are under too long their tissues absorb nitrogen as a liquid and if they come up too fast, without giving nitrogen time to return to a gaseous state and bleed off through their lungs, they get the bends. It stands to reason that under enough pressure water would become solid. If all pressure were removed from water it should become steam and evaporate. If water is subjected to enough pressure to become solid, the temperature would also seem likely to increase as well. Under these circumstances it seems that hot ice should be possible and predictable. Am I wrong?

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  46. Cardimom Brennan October 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm -

    cool! I mean.. that’s hot… i mean…..hmmmmm

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  47. Janak Sharma October 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm -

    What type of ice is it that becomes hot?

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  48. Karen Vasquez October 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm -

    I clicked and it was fine. plus the info was very cool! hot ice. it’ll melt your face off…

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  49. Karen Vasquez October 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm -

    I clicked and it was fine. plus the info was very cool! hot ice. it’ll melt your face off…

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  50. Diane Kershaw October 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm -

    Weird…

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  51. Diane Kershaw October 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm -

    Weird…

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  52. Cindy Allman October 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm -

    because Fuck your logical heat elements thats why

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  53. Dwight Downey October 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm -

    There are an infinite number of possibilities we don’t even know exist between here and Gliese 436 b. we don’t even know what’s at the bottom of our own oceans, but we think we can “calculate” what the surface is like on a planet that is 33.1 light years from Earth? Gotta admit there’s just a little bit of room for error in there somewhere.

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    • Matthew Hawley October 11, 2013 at 1:18 am -

      It’s a relatively simple calculation based on observations of the composition of the atmosphere. As the planet crosses in front of its star the starlight passes through the atmosphere causing it to be refracted which gives off unique chemical signatures that are experimentally verified here on earth. Once you know the composition, then it’s just a matter of applying the mass and density aspects of the planet to determine the pressure. Once that’s known you can logically deduce the temperature and state of matter of the compounds on the planet.

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    • Dwight Downey October 11, 2013 at 6:24 am -

      “Verified here on Earth.” Only problem is its not Earth. And like I said before, there are an infinite number of possibilities between point A. and point B. and I think the odds are pretty high that there are chemicals we don’t even know exist out there. I am very well aware of the technique used to find planets. (thanks for the explanation though) I read an article about a week ago that says that our moon is 100 million years older than we previously thought. OUR MOON!!! You can’t honestly tell me that there isn’t a possibility they could be wrong about a planet they “observe” passing in front of a star that is 33.1 light years away. If they can’t be wrong then it’s more like religion instead of science.

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  54. Brennen Churchill October 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm -

    Strange stuff. Gravity and Pressure play some funky roles when it comes to freezing/boiling.

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  55. Humna Sharif October 11, 2013 at 2:01 am -

    AMAZING!!!!!!

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  56. Addis Lynne Holland October 11, 2013 at 2:17 am -

    So after reading the article the ice on this planet is similar to dry ice here. (BTW, I was burned by dry ice when I picked it up) won’t do that again.

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  57. Prince Mesa October 11, 2013 at 3:11 am -

    wow..

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  58. Dimitris Tsi October 11, 2013 at 4:54 am -

    Mustafar!

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  59. John-Michael Steele October 11, 2013 at 5:52 am -

    I see your wierd planet & RAISE you a Wierder One!: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/LonelyPlanet/

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  60. Deepak Marandi October 11, 2013 at 7:57 am -

    What do I say about it??

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  61. vince October 11, 2013 at 8:39 am -

    darker than coal? but it seems like it is a red and black ball of lava.. hahaha..

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    • myke October 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm -

      that was another planet, not this one

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  62. Jett Lee October 11, 2013 at 9:31 am -

    Mfw

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  63. Jennie Svensson October 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm -

    Mind… Blown O.o

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  64. Jamie Akrill October 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm -

    Its an old tennis ball

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  65. Victor Sarkar October 23, 2013 at 8:43 am -

    Hot ice ??!! Smells like oxymoron !!!

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    • Kelly L. Rivera October 23, 2013 at 9:00 am -

      Unless there is more than one kind of hot ice, I think they’re referring to sodium acetate. Smells like vinegar. :)

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    • Victor Sarkar October 23, 2013 at 9:18 am -

      ^thanx 4 ur knwldge !! No offense but do u knw what oxymoron is ?

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    • Richard Powell October 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm -

      Victor plz stahp

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  66. Stewart Sparks October 23, 2013 at 8:44 am -

    How about no

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  67. Nicolaas ExtremelyExtreme Netherland October 23, 2013 at 8:44 am -

    Error establishing a database connection

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  68. Lakita Stephnie Harry October 23, 2013 at 8:45 am -

    Put this in the new Star Wars!

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  69. Dillon King October 23, 2013 at 8:45 am -

    The link did not work for me.

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  70. Emily Murphy October 23, 2013 at 8:47 am -

    Broken link

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  71. Bryan Bailey October 23, 2013 at 8:47 am -

    Says your mysql is screwing up. Check one of your widgets.

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  72. Gareth IronHide Quinn October 23, 2013 at 8:48 am -

    Link doesnt work :(

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  73. Cash Pina October 23, 2013 at 8:49 am -

    Face melting, I’m chewing ice ^^

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  74. Roni October 23, 2013 at 8:49 am -

    Just like a simile from my hometown : “ALAM TAKAMBANG JADI GURU”
    It means universe always teachs us something new and interesting

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  75. Theresa Teale Curtis October 23, 2013 at 8:50 am -

    Link did not work.

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  76. Abhishek Kumar October 23, 2013 at 8:51 am -

    I know about dry ice but what’s hot ice?

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  77. Stephen Michael Mcneill October 23, 2013 at 8:51 am -

    Link error, all the pages quarks to quasars links do this.

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  78. WDuan WD October 23, 2013 at 8:52 am -

    All i can think of after reading this.. hell..

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  79. Malcolm Ramage October 23, 2013 at 8:54 am -

    All I get is line after line of “WordPress database error”.

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  80. Farmer Den October 23, 2013 at 8:55 am -

    Aliens must have attacked our colony on Gliese 436 b, since link does not respond. Send Ripley into rescue survivors and bring back alien to study.

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    • Angela Castro October 23, 2013 at 11:04 am -

      hahaha

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    • Angela Castro October 23, 2013 at 11:04 am -

      hahaha

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    • Alex Mercier October 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm -

      -_-

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    • Eric Bruci Raju October 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm -

      I’m not saying it was aliens, but … it was aliens :P

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    • Scott Binmansound October 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm -

      Ripley found Newt.Newt say’s We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at …

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    • Scott Binmansound October 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm -

      Ripley found Newt.Newt say’s We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at …

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    • Oliver Penrose October 26, 2013 at 8:05 am -

      Aliens? More like… Cylons.

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  81. Abhishek Kumar October 23, 2013 at 8:55 am -

    The link worked in the second attempt. But, the page is not well-organised.

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  82. Balázs Suhajda October 23, 2013 at 8:55 am -

    Refresh

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  83. Davis Grayson October 23, 2013 at 8:57 am -

    A communication disruption can mean only one thing…invasion!

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  84. Neil Griest October 23, 2013 at 8:59 am -

    You got to love WordPress! Maybe ads a mobile compatible plugin to your server end? I can do this for you! It’s very simple (=

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  85. Lorenzo Rínon Laitauron Colombo October 23, 2013 at 9:03 am -

    Actually, we have just broken the 1000 goal! :D

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  86. Renee Kelso October 23, 2013 at 9:04 am -

    This planet really needs a better name.

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  87. Toni Catalin October 23, 2013 at 9:04 am -

    Ice that can burn your face off :D

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  88. Bún Thiu October 23, 2013 at 9:04 am -

    Amazing !

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  89. Dwyndal Dee October 23, 2013 at 9:05 am -

    Article before an article. The first one gives no explanation. The second fails. Most likely from fb

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  90. Johannes Joe October 23, 2013 at 9:08 am -

    Bloody link z not working :(

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  91. Jean Schmidt October 23, 2013 at 9:12 am -

    Link doesn’t work

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  92. Edwin Mejia October 23, 2013 at 9:17 am -

    Wow what a strange planet indeed. 400 degree ice is mind boggling. Hehe

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  93. Sam Kovacsevics October 23, 2013 at 9:19 am -

    So aliens are Asian? Patty farmers :p

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  94. Kayla Rachelle October 23, 2013 at 9:25 am -

    Ever?

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  95. Cleomar Junior October 23, 2013 at 9:28 am -

    Interesting. It was a good explanation, but it’s difficult to understanding yet. The universe is fantastic!

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  96. Bobby Faulds October 23, 2013 at 9:40 am -

    Funny on google its white and has “hot ice” no mention of unkown substances

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  97. Chaqille Nikita October 23, 2013 at 9:53 am -

    And you would know, David Dennis, because . . . ??
    I suppose you think climate change is “bullshit” because yesterday was cold, and evolution is also “bullshit” because MONKEYS CAN’T TALK!!
    Crawl back in your cave, dude

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    • Bleu Tha Bastid October 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm -

      monkeys talk,wha? i believe ur confused or outright ignorant to the definition of “evolution” :p

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    • David Dennis October 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm -

      where are all you scientist during the climate debates that where invited? no where to be found :)

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    • Ashley Hendrick October 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm -

      humans are monkeys dumbass.evolution is a well known fact in science

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    • Ashley Hendrick October 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm -

      ther this thing called research try it

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    • David Dennis October 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm -

      the only and i mena only two Climatologist< that showed up ..lol said no evidence to the fact…lmao

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    • David Dennis October 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm -

      The only statement that was made that the earth has natural cycles and pollution are two complete different topics. and that mans parts is insignificant to the subject but not to pollution. sorry no carbon tax here serf.

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    • Hank Cathey October 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm -

      David Dennis, climate scientists as a group have refused to join in these debates because they don’t want to give credence to the idea that there’s anything to debate. There is no debate. Why would someone who knows the Earth is round enter into debates or try to share evidence with people who think the Earth is flat, especially knowing that they’ve already decided to reject it. Replace “Earth is round” with “Earth’s atmosphere is being significantly affected by human activity”, and “Earth is flat” with “Earth’s atmosphere is not significantly affected by human activity” to see which side of history you’re going to end up on.

      Also, good god, man, if you’re going to try to break bad about how much smarter you are than thousands of scientists, at least get a spell-check add-on for your browser.

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    • Emilija Irzuki October 24, 2013 at 4:04 am -

      captured moment please!

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    • David Fallah October 25, 2013 at 10:58 pm -

      > Ashley Hendrick humans are monkeys dumbass.evolution is a well known fact in science

      For fuck’s sake. Humans are not monkeys. Humans are far more closely related to apes and share a common ancestor with them in the not too distant evolutionary past.

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  98. Sophia Palmer October 23, 2013 at 9:53 am -

    What a concept! Intriguing, truly. Hot water ice. Who woulda thought?

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  99. Sokun Prum Rith October 23, 2013 at 9:55 am -

    Wow

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  100. John Ramage October 23, 2013 at 10:00 am -

    What a crock of crap why show a totally spurious photo? The last “exoplanet” I saw on this page was a photo of the sun photoshopped blue!

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  101. John Ramage October 23, 2013 at 10:00 am -

    What a crock of crap why show a totally spurious photo? The last “exoplanet” I saw on this page was a photo of the sun photoshopped blue!

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  102. Allan Goodreau October 23, 2013 at 10:08 am -

    They can’t actually “see” in the visible field these planets. Many are detected by various means and it’s just an artists rendering of their interpretation of the planet. So chill photo haters….

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  103. Ken Follette October 23, 2013 at 10:36 am -

    I like the planet that rains rocks.

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  104. Ken Follette October 23, 2013 at 10:36 am -

    I like the planet that rains rocks.

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  105. Kendall Brown October 23, 2013 at 10:37 am -

    Thiago Faleiro Parente, you’re right. The boiling and freezing temperatures of a given substance depends on air pressure. This is why going into the vacuum of space without a pressurised suit would make your blood boil. Also, like the article says at the end, it isn’t “ice” like the kind we’re used to. It’s a totally different form of solidified water (there are several kinds of “ice”).

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  106. Stephen Gonzalez October 23, 2013 at 10:41 am -

    Seems like the perfect place in the galaxy to have a smores fest

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  107. Stephen Gonzalez October 23, 2013 at 10:41 am -

    Seems like the perfect place in the galaxy to have a smores fest

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  108. Dalton Burnett October 23, 2013 at 10:58 am -

    When the hot ice melts. Outlaw Star anyone?

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  109. Dalton Burnett October 23, 2013 at 10:58 am -

    When the hot ice melts. Outlaw Star anyone?

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  110. Christopher Tenney October 23, 2013 at 10:59 am -

    Pretty sure you guys posted this recently.

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  111. Christopher Tenney October 23, 2013 at 10:59 am -

    Pretty sure you guys posted this recently.

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  112. Lucas Eduardo Alves Pereira October 23, 2013 at 11:09 am -

    Gliese: best pokemon ever. Ice/Fire

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  113. Bamo October 23, 2013 at 11:26 am -

    form what I understood, by (ice) they do not mean cold, they refer to its solid state. hot ice, means solid water which is hot. not a substance that is both hot and cold in the same time.

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  114. Dylan Whinnett October 23, 2013 at 11:57 am -

    Damn Covenant…

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  115. Robert Sherwood October 23, 2013 at 12:33 pm -

    I’ve been there

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  116. Daniel Baeza October 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm -

    I smoked pot with Gliese 436 b

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  117. John Gabriel October 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm -

    Interestingly, volcanoes on Earth give off lots of carbon monoxide, obviously because their internal temperature exceeds 900 degrees Celsius.

    The surface of the Earth does not have as much carbon monoxide because most of its surface have a temperature less than 900 degrees. High levels of surface carbon monoxide usually happens because of volcanoes.

    Gliese 436 b’s surface temperature is 400 degrees Celsius. But its internal temperature would be significantly hotter.

    What if the reason for those mysteriously high levels of surface carbon monoxide on Gliese 436 b is similar to volcanoes here on Earth? Only it’s a gas giant version of volcanoes… clouds of carbon monoxide spouting from the Gliese 436 b underworld through its blazing hot icy surface. :)

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  118. Brad Brown October 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm -

    Why do scientists keep explaining in earthly terms, when alien life and geology could be completely different carbon formations than we have here!

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    • Bleu Tha Bastid October 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm -

      ur falling victim too,who’s to say it’s carbon-based? :p

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  119. Christopher Collie October 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm -

    sounds like my heart…

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  120. Ivo Tarquini October 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm -

    The spice must flow!

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  121. Sarah O' Mahony March 12, 2014 at 3:38 am -

    Awesome planet. I don’t think the universe will ever cease to amaze us. Great stuff!

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