Update: I dun goof’d! The exoplanet in question wasn’t directly imaged in the sense that scientists had a photo of another pale blue dot. Rather, its color was discerned by analyzing the light coming from its parent star when HD 189733b was behind it. That light was compared to the light emitted when the planet’s reflected light is visible to us, and then it was just a matter of filling in the gaps.
Hubble has done it again. The recent hubbub in space news was word that the aged space telescope had allowed scientists to determine the color of an exoplanet. And it’s blue.
Dubbed HD 189733b, the planet is 63 light years from Earth. While there’s reason to be excited about other pale blue dots in the Universe, there’s just one problem, it rains glass. Go figure. Scientists studying this gas giant (oh yeah, it’s not even a rocky world)—classified as a “hot Jupiter” due to its proximity to its star—have surmised that the odd weather conditions on the planet are likely what give it the lovely cobalt blue hue that Hubble observed.
Or they might have just used the chart above.
Previous champion in the Universe’s Most Horrible Places to Live was a planet made of diamond. Imagine trying to form an agrarian society on a world where the value of dirt and diamonds is reversed. An honorable mention goes to all the planets whose tidal locking makes half of the planet a seared, burning, hellhole—while the other half freezes. Fantastic weather on those planets, I assure you.
On the other hand, there’s still hope.
If you hadn’t seen yet, the Sufficiently Remarkable Kickstarter has reached 27K with 20 days to go. This is means that you are most certainly getting Pineapple Maki Search, as well as some other amazing Stretch Goals. Stay tuned, as there’s a big one coming around the bend that I’m very excited about.