August 30th, 2007

Earth-from-space

Astro-image of the day: waterfall on alien world

I'm not just talking about a little water, like a spring shower. Not even a hot summer downpour, or a hurricane-level deluge. No, the water-fall we're talking about here is equivalent to five Earthly oceans plummeting onto this hot proto-planet. See the artist's interpretation for how this might look:

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That's a storm. (Now if only we could get astronomers to come up with prettier names for these distant worlds than ones like this: "NGC 1333-IRAS 4B." Um, not sexy. But the image sure is.)

Best,
Chris