Weirdest Planets

2010 ,    »  -   35 Comments
Ratings: 8.65/10 from 40 users.

Weirdest PlanetsWith temperatures ranging from 1000 to 2000°C, gravity 15 times stronger than Earth's, and a year that lasts just 5.6 of our days, HAT-P-2b is not a planet you'd want to visit for vacation.

The unusual gas giant—located 440 light-years away in the constellation Hercules - turns out to be the most massive planet found outside our solar system so far.

Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, spotted the superdense planet using the HATNet global network of automated telescopes, which scans a large fraction of the Northern Hemisphere sky every night to search for planets.

HAT-P-2b, the second planet the project has discovered, stunned scientists with far-out features unprecedented for an alien world.

HAt-P-2b is but one of the odd planets in the cosmos. Journey further into space with this documentary, and discover the weirdest planets of our universe.

35 Comments / User Reviews

    Ben Mouncer
  1. Ben Mouncer

    Very interesting doc, thanks for posting.

  2. Richard T
  3. Richard T

    Wow, a decent space documentary from National Geographic? Who would have guessed..

  4. Tanzanos Eleytheros
  5. Tanzanos Eleytheros

    Nat. Geo actually made a good space documentary? WOW!

  6. knowledgeizpower
  7. knowledgeizpower

    Good Reviews So Far I suppose I could watch....Peace

  8. Richard T
  9. Richard T

    Well, maybe I was wrong. Speculating that a moon that has not yet been detected around a planet that is heated up to at least 400 C/ 750 F could support life is just stupid. 750 F for a two month span on any planet or moon would cause any liquid water to vaporize. The idea that any an organism would even have a chance to learn to adapt to freeze for 26 months, and then cook at 400 C / 750 F for two months is highly unlikely. Considering in our solar system the only moon out of hundreds with an atmosphere is Titan (orbiting Saturn), if this planet did have any moons orbiting it they would most likely be barren chunks of rock, or be volcanic like Io (orbiting Jupiter). The reason Titan can hold onto an atmosphere is due to it's size (it happens to be bigger than mercury!) and location. If it were much warmer on Titan it would melt into a giant global methane ocean.

  10. Guest
  11. Guest

    Interesting Documentary. Vlatko, you probably wont see this but this website is AMAZING!!!! I've been glued to it for about more than a week now. What CMS did you use? (Does it say in the FAQ's?). Also, did you make it allll by yourself? :O

  12. KooKookaChoo
  13. KooKookaChoo

    ooohhhh! that planet covered in water is so intriguing, that's where I'd start to look for life if the resources were available.

  14. drinker69
  15. drinker69

    you don't know what the hell youre talkin about

  16. drinker69
  17. drinker69

    why is there no mention of planet Orb69. It was discovered a decade ago by Sir Robert L'orange of the Institute of Belgian Space Observation(IBSO). Its just around the corner from Neptune and a meteor strike away from Pluton. Apparently is grey and there's some rocks on it. Cool eh.

  18. thomas_5900
  19. thomas_5900

    how old is this doc? looks like the 1980's or some s*** because they said "no other planets have been found orbiting another star."

    we've found millions of planets orbiting other stars... wtf is this guy on?

  20. John Cury
  21. John Cury

    good for a watch, nothing exciting though...

  22. Yesac Nesnej
  23. Yesac Nesnej

    It's not a matter of whether or not the resources are available for the kind of research you refer to. It's a matter of us getting our heads out of our asses and realizing that thin air materialized into paper (money) doesn't actually dictate anything. Our primitive monetary system is just holding back our potential to accomplish these things, and many others. I highly recommend viewing the Zeitgeist films, available here on TopDoc.

  24. KooKookaChoo
  25. KooKookaChoo

    I loved those doc's! when I said available resources I was more referring to the technological limitations than financial -- but I see where you are going with your point -- the Zeitgeist films definitely illustrate how our concepts of "mine" and money are holding us back from our true potential, it's sad really.

  26. Guest
  27. Guest

    Where have you been? Everything ok?

  28. Guest
  29. Guest

    Was wondering the same a few days ago, Greg_Mc vanished too. Looks like Lak started something :) Also thought it might be that she was doing some bible study just before she went. C might know:)

  30. Guest
  31. Guest

    Hello :) All good ? :)

  32. knowledgeizpower
  33. knowledgeizpower

    Hey Pysmythe Lol :-)....Happy New Year To You...And To ErrBody ....Have Been Ubber Busy lol....

  34. knowledgeizpower
  35. knowledgeizpower

    Hey Fifty :-D Yeah Things are all good LoL..Happy New Year To You...I have to Catch Up Lmao...

  36. mywifesablackhole
  37. mywifesablackhole

    did not like this one way too much speculation

  38. Darren Jiminy Billybob Stott
  39. Darren Jiminy Billybob Stott

    In reference to the opening remark concerning the 51 Peg B discovery: Michel Mayor wasn't making a "routine observation of stars..." (What does that mean?!) he and Diddier Queloz were looking for a planet to begin with. It wasn't an accidental discovery. People like Geoff Marcy and Peter Van De Kamp had been looking for years. Just to clear that up a little.

  40. Jay Mehdee
  41. Jay Mehdee

    Something about the whole notion of a planemo fascinates me. When I first heard the name, I thought the etymology of it had something to do with Captain Nemo from Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Just as the Captain and his crew were content with wandering the seas, attached to no nation, so do planemos drift endlessly through outer space.

  42. Trevor St McGoodbody
  43. Trevor St McGoodbody

    Exactly. That planet frightens me too.

  44. BRPoet
  45. BRPoet

    I have always been a true fan of the world around me. I goes the same for any "space". The planemos were my favorite concept to ponder. I'll never understand how so many people can live their whole lives without ever even wondering what lies beyond our eyes.

  46. Edward Campbell
  47. Edward Campbell

    Please remove this description. This is a dead link. This is an 'ex-video'.

  48. AntiTheist666
  49. AntiTheist666

    It’s joined the bleedin' choir invisible!!

  50. AntiTheist666
  51. AntiTheist666

    Thanks NX2, that’s very kind and considerate of you. I see
    the link I left is now defunked. Hope you enjoyed the doc as much as I did.

  52. NX2
  53. NX2

    If only we could travel the distances and explore it ourselves, not in a spaceship surely, but in some kind of transparent bulb (have you seen the movie 'The Fountain'?). It does keep my imagination going .

  54. AntiTheist666
  55. AntiTheist666

    Yeah that would be cool, especially if we could have Carl Sagan as a guide/ narrator. No I haven’t seen ‘The Fountain’ but it’s on my list to watch soon after reading some glowing reviews, thanks for the recommendation. I haven’t seen any of Aronofsky’s films yet but we’re off to see Noah on Sunday, hoping it’s not a damp squib or washout etc.

  56. NX2
  57. NX2

    Noah isn't his masterpiece (that would be Requiem for a Dream IMO), but a nice twist as to what kind of person Noah turns out to be. I hope you like it. The Fountain had the main character floating through space in a transparent bulb, that's where i got the idea from :)

  58. Pysmythe
  59. Pysmythe

    You haven't seen any of them yet? Oh, man, trust me, you have GOT to check out 'Pi,' not to be confused with 'Life of Pi'... In my opinion, it's better than 'Requiem'. It's about a brilliant mathematician/ex-prodigy looking for patterns in the stock market. Jewish cabals come into play, Pi, of course, the golden ratio, Fibonacci numbers, a retired professor concerned about the deteriorating mental condition of his former protege, and sinister big business interests looking to capitalize on his mathematical genius. It is a very different kind of film, man, believe me. I think you'd really love it, knowing what I know about you.

  60. AntiTheist666
  61. AntiTheist666

    If you think about Drake’s equation and the number of intelligent civs out there it seems entirely reasonable to me that there must
    be at least one that is watching documentaries about Wierd Planets. And who knows, maybe Earth is seen as not just weird but as monstrously baffling. A place so hostile to some forms of life that it would put possible visitors off.

    Thanks for reco on Pi. Strange isn’t it that I haven’t seen it when it would appear to be right up my streetosphere. I think a review put me off but doesn’t usually, its own write up seemed a bit cheesy as I remember and it just didn’t appeal. Anyway I’m gonna watch it soon, along with Requiem and Black Swan which has also been recommended. I’ll get back to you when I’ve had a slice.

    Edit. Weird spelling that was not on purpose.

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