An article in today's WaPo says the Kepler telescope is detecting all kinds of fascinating things, including new "exoplanets":
For example, Kepler found a star with a small orbiting object that is hotter than the star itself. The object is too hot to be a planet but is the wrong size and density to fit any known profile for a dwarf star.
One of the five planets announced by William J. Borucki, the top scientist for the telescope, is so fluffy that "it has the density of Styrofoam," he said.
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man, i’d like to know how the gravity works on a planet with the density of styrofoam!
and is it possible these things might not be planets but something… other?
Styrofoam planet? sounds like something from a Robert Sheckley novel, or Douglas Adams.
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