|Artist rendition of TrES-2b. Click for full-size image|
"It's darker than the blackest lump of coal, than dark acrylic paint," astronomer David Klipping told Space.com. "It's bizarre how this huge planet became so absorbent of all the light that hits it." NASA's Kepler probe found TrES-2b orbiting just 3.1 million miles away from it's star, with no reflective clouds. Flummoxed, researchers have no idea how the planet can reflect so little light and be so dark.
Kepler spotted the phenomenon because the planet let's off a dim Cylon red of its own light, not reflected from the sun. Scientists believe it does this because of how hot the planet is, like burning embers or superheated metals glowing red. That makes sense, especially since scientists have no idea why it's so dark. It's pure evil. The most terrible intelligence imaginable.