A gas-giant planet almost as old as the Universe itself.

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  1. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Frustrations with space-program setbacks aside, these really are exciting times. Astronomers have discovered an apparent gas-giant planet that's more than 12 billion years old, orbiting a dying star/neutron star combination (in, of all places, a globular cluster).

    Talk about arousing one's sense of wonder:

    old, old planet
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I can always depend on you for this kind of information Jack. Thanks—it is awesome (in the fundamental sense of the word).
     
  3. DaveGTP

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    I love space related posts, Jack. Thanks! Were you the one that posted that one about alternate realities a while back? That article was mind-bogglingly kewl.
     
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    Yes, Jack always seem to find large gas pockets somewhere. [​IMG]
     
  5. Dana Fillhart

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    Also mentioned in this past week's New Scientist, a star in our own cosmic backyard (a few ten thousand light-years away) was found to have formed only a few hundred million (perhaps as early as 200 million) years after the big bang. Pretty damned impressive thing, too -- very little to no heavy-element traces at all.

    Wow, to think of objects that are still active today that've been around since near the dawn of our Universe's genesis.

    Goodness, I love astronomy!
     
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    Jack... this just in...

    First Feline Found on Gas Giant just as NASA's budget is being slashed!

    [​IMG]
     

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