Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pure evil discovered, but don't worry, we still have 252 years before it comes after humanity

Artist rendition of TrES-2b. Click for full-size image
Planets aren't supposed to be dark. They're supposed to be bright, brimming with majestic colors rarely seen on our life-infested blue planet. Our imaginations need it...but in the case of TrES-2b, we're SOL. The Jupiter-sized planet about 750 light years away reflects less than 1 percent of its orbiting star's light.

"It's darker than the blackest lump of coal, than dark acrylic paint," astronomer David Klipping told "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.