All It Needs Is A John Williams Score

Photo from arXiv

The above image is believed to be the very first image of a planet, or other less-then-solar-massive body, orbiting a binary star. The object, with the snappy name 2MASS0103(AB)b, was detected by a group of researchers at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, led by Philippe Delorme. The image was taken by the Very Large Telescope in Chile last year, and is now believed to be a super gas giant, or brown dwarf star, in orbit around a binary system, which is drawing comparisons to Tatooine from the Star Wars films.

The planet in the photo, if it is a planet at all, of course wouldn't compare to the fictional Skywalker homeworld, considering it is 14 times the size of Jupiter, and orbits a mere 12.5 billion kilometres from the binary stars. I say mere, but this is roughly how far the Voyager 2 probe has travelled since being launched in 1977. For something this size, that is rather close, especially for a planet. It may also be a brown dwarf, a extremely small failed star that do not under go fusion, and emit (nearly) no light. The research team will now focus on examining the chemical make up of the orbiting object, in an attempt to clarify whether it is a planet or a disappointment to it's solar parents.

They will also remain classy, and not point out that with the arrow included in the image above, their great discovery looks ever so slightly like a penis. I, apparently, am not that classy. Sorry.

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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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