Episode 13: Unafraid of the Dark, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Impossibly heavy planet is the first ‘mega-Earth’
by Jacob Aron
Twice the size of Earth and with 17 times our planet’s mass, Kepler-10c is so unusual that it has been placed in a brand new class of exoplanet.
Kepler-10c was discovered in 2011 by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. The planet orbits a star that is about 560 light years away from us. It has a radius slightly more than double that of Earth’s – a size that led astronomers to assume it was a shrunken version of gassy planet Neptune, which is four times larger than Earth.
Now Xavier Dumusque of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his colleagues have used the HARPS-N telescope in the Canary Islands to pin down Kepler-10c’s mass. They found it is actually 17 times as heavy as Earth: more or less the same mass as Neptune. But because Kepler-10c is much smaller then Neptune, it must be an incredibly dense, rocky world, the like of which has never been seen before…
(read more: New Scientist)
illustration by David A. Aguilar/CFA
now THAT’S a meme……simply exquisite!
This is an excellent vintage meme. The mixture really brings out the best of both components.
A 2007 I’d imagine. What makes this meme especially fascinating is the textwork. This was made during the short length of time between memes not yet having their defined outlined-Impact text. The Impact has obviously been included, but still uses the one-toned coloring that would be commonly seen with a variety of fonts.
I imagine this would usually be used behind the “spoiler image” feature, making the best of its abilities. Truly an intriguing meme.
british people are so fucking cute
they called christmas lights ‘fairy lights’
they called sweaters ‘jumpers’
sneakers are ‘trainers’
they say ‘you alright/you ok’ instead of ‘how are you’
fuck off you condescending twat
Most British sentence I’ve ever heard