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Dark Gas Giant
DevonXDate: Tuesday, 05.06.2012, 00:14 | Message # 1
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They have discovered a new type of gas giant. Its very cool. http://www.mnn.com/earth-m....by-nasa (article kinda old)

Edited by DevonX - Tuesday, 05.06.2012, 00:15
 
TalismanDate: Tuesday, 05.06.2012, 03:43 | Message # 2
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Very cool article, imagine orbiting one of those, would look very interesting. cool




 
planethunter13Date: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 17:59 | Message # 3
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strange for the chemicals thing to make this gas planet so dark.
 
apenpaapDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 19:18 | Message # 4
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I look forward to seeing worlds like this in SE surprised I think a blackish gas giant would look very nice.




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anonymousgamerDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:03 | Message # 5
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blackish gas giant would look very nice.


Lol, oxymoron.





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apenpaapDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:05 | Message # 6
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^Where? surprised




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anonymousgamerDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:06 | Message # 7
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How would a black gas giant look nice?

It's black. Blackish, at least.





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apenpaapDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:11 | Message # 8
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Yes. -ish is the important part here, that doesn't make it an oxymoron. tongue Dark purples, reds, and browns coupled with even darker nearly black bands would look very nice, I think.




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anonymousgamerDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:31 | Message # 9
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According to the link, the planet was pitch-black (meaning,this color) and had a faint red glow (only because it was so hot). So really, all it would be is a big dark red sphere. And if it was cooler, then it would just be a big ball of black.




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apenpaapDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:50 | Message # 10
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Well, it has a low albedo, but that doesn't mean it will actually look pitch-black. Our Moon has a low albedo too (13 times that of this planet, admittedly) and appears bright white in our skies. Earth's oceans have an albedo of only 0.02, only twice that of this planet, and they look dark blue, not black. If a world like this has varyingly light and dark zones like Jupiter, its zones might look completely black while its bands are brighter. A world like that further away from its star (so it wouldn't be red glowing hot) might look like:

for example. Except for the big editing artifacts.

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Edited by apenpaap - Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:50
 
anonymousgamerDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:52 | Message # 11
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Yeah, that looks..... pretty boring. xD




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HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 21:54 | Message # 12
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It probably isn't absolutely black, but it certainly would be very dark. Even with the very low albedo that this planet has (<0.01), it would still visibly reflect light, especially so close to its star. Even if it only reflected 0.1% of the light that hit it, it would still look very bright up close because of how much light it receives from its sun.




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apenpaapDate: Thursday, 02.08.2012, 22:02 | Message # 13
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Yeah, that looks..... pretty boring. xD


Well, I rather like its look tongue and I'd love to occasionally encounter a dark gas giant like that in SE.





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