An exoplanet that gobbles the light but glows in the dark ... and freshwater springs feed the Dead Sea

29 Sep 2011

Yes, at astronomers at Princetown University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics have found a distant exoplanet that absorbs 99.9 per cent of the light that strikes it - why? The planet is non-reflective, it seems, high in hydrogen and helium. It is thought to be a hot planet, however, in spite of being very dark and very alone, as it glows 'thermally' - or that is the explanation. The little light it emits, the glow, is compared to a burner on an electric stove. However, scientists are looking for a missing ingredient in order to explain the situation fully.

Meanwhile, at scientists exploring the depths of the Dead Sea have found fresh water springs on the bottom that feed and replenish the lake. However, modern water extraction from the Jordan river by the surrounding nations has reduced the lake level considerably.