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Ice hot planet
May 16, 2007 2:09 PM   Subscribe

Scientists have discovered a planet composed of scorching hot ice. Originally thought to be a gas giant due to its mass, its actually only four times the size of Earth and most likely composed of exotic forms of ice, such as Ice VII and Ice X with s surface temperature of 300° C.
posted by Artw (30 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
no ice-nine?
posted by funkbrain at 2:16 PM on May 16, 2007 [5 favorites]


I claim it in the name of Pooky the some-what all-righty.
posted by doctorschlock at 2:21 PM on May 16, 2007


IIIIIIIIIICE BURN
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:28 PM on May 16, 2007 [2 favorites]


I'm not sure if this discovery should be making me shiver or sweat.

Either way, it's a pretty cool discovery. Or a hot one. God, I just don't know!
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:29 PM on May 16, 2007


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction, ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

-Robert Frost
posted by infinitywaltz at 2:32 PM on May 16, 2007 [6 favorites]


> I claim it in the name of Pooky the some-what all-righty.

If you did get that much hot ice, where would you fence it?
posted by jfuller at 2:40 PM on May 16, 2007


Hot.... Ice!

its the best of both worlds!
posted by Kudos at 2:45 PM on May 16, 2007


Waterworld!
posted by doctorschlock at 2:47 PM on May 16, 2007


icy to dull the pain... hot to relax it away!
posted by arialblack at 2:50 PM on May 16, 2007 [5 favorites]


Ice Pirates!
posted by freebird at 2:52 PM on May 16, 2007


SPACE HERPES!
posted by daq at 2:59 PM on May 16, 2007


Outstanding. Now that we're close to reaching Peak Bengay, mining this exoplanet should bring me untold riches.
posted by krippledkonscious at 2:59 PM on May 16, 2007


Hot.... Ice!

its the best of both worlds!

It's the planet to end all your backache woes.
posted by quin at 3:03 PM on May 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


<bassline from Under Pressure>
posted by jayCampbell at 3:04 PM on May 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Is the image that accompanies the article just an illustration, or an actual photo? It seems like it must be an illustration.
posted by delmoi at 3:09 PM on May 16, 2007


It seems like it must be an illustration.

I'm guessing so since it says: Illustration.
posted by vacapinta at 3:21 PM on May 16, 2007


delmoi:
Illustration: NASA/ESA/G Bacon)
D'OH !

And if you know of any such telescope capable of doing that, pray tell us !
posted by elpapacito at 3:26 PM on May 16, 2007


Home planet of the Icy Hot Stuntaz!
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 4:34 PM on May 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


This only partly makes up for the fact that I will never have sex with a sultry green-skinned humanoid unless I go to Burning Man.
posted by Mister_A at 5:13 PM on May 16, 2007


To know that for destruction, ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

-Robert Frost


Eponysterical.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:50 PM on May 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


"Hot Ice" would probably be kinda lame for a band name, though, huh?
posted by pax digita at 6:57 PM on May 16, 2007


Hoth?
posted by Eideteker at 7:04 PM on May 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


I wonder if it was an Inuit scientist who came up with all these types of ice.
posted by furtive at 7:29 PM on May 16, 2007


"That is hot ice and wondrous strange snow. How shall we find the concord of this discord?"
posted by Chanther at 8:16 PM on May 16, 2007


The first thing I thought of was ice-nine.

The second thing that sprang to mind - RAGNARÖK! Let's name the planet Fimbulwinter and let the apocalypse begin!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:34 PM on May 16, 2007


The things they won't make up these days just to get another grant.
posted by Twang at 8:58 PM on May 16, 2007


Once I start reading about stuff like this I could be here all day. I find this so amazing.

There was a report a few weeks back about scientists finding a new planet that IS HABITABLE for humans but
it's so far away no one could live long enough to travel
to it. Freak'n fascinating man!

It's a shame there weren't more related links to this one. I really dig it.
posted by Roger Davis at 9:45 PM on May 16, 2007


i read "cat's cradle" as a kid long ago and when they tossed the ice-nine into the ocean and froze the earth's water, the first thing i wondered was where did the kinetic energy of all those water molecules go?
posted by bruce at 10:04 PM on May 16, 2007


Vibrations in the lattice, bruce.
posted by ikkyu2 at 11:37 PM on May 16, 2007


My god Vanilla Ice was a genius in astrophysics and we never knew.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:55 PM on May 17, 2007


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