Lil Uzi Vert, the controversial American rapper, has announced plans to acquire a planet — a feat that has never been achieved by any human.
Grimes, Canadian singer and girlfriend to Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc, first broke the news on her Twitter page.
“Apparently @LILUZIVERT owns this planet – just a heads up,” Grimes had posted alongside a picture of the planet christened WASP-127b.
WASP-127b, a gas giant exoplanet 1.4x larger than Jupiter orbiting a yellow dwarf star, was discovered in 2016.
This is WASP-127b, a gas giant exoplanet 1.4x larger than Jupiter orbiting a yellow dwarf star (like ours)!
(Artist's impression) pic.twitter.com/dNJBeR2C5h
— Latest in space (@latestinspace) July 22, 2021Advertisement
In his response, Lil Uzi Vert appeared to have confirmed the news while stating that he wanted to surprise everyone with the acquisition.
“Tried to surprise everyone still working on it,” he wrote in the terse response.
Grimes also revealed that the rapper has almost completed documentation for the proposed project.
“Documentation almost complete for @LILUZIVERT to legally claim wasp-127b – this is huge! First human to legally own a planet,” she added.
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) July 22, 2021
On Friday, Lil Uzi Vert further expressed his commitment towards the project by teasing fans about the name of the said planet in a Twitter post.
“New name for my planet?” he wrote in a post which has garnered nearly 60,000 likes.
New name for MY planet 🤔?
— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) July 23, 2021Advertisement
Gregory Laughlin, who is renowned for developing a formula that calculates the worth of a planet, said there is currently no established process for acquiring a planet legally.
“No legal ownership framework or regulated Earth-based exchange currently exists for the purchase of exoplanetary assets,” he told Rolling Stone.
“At present, any purchase (either for investment or speculative purposes) would need to be arranged through an off-Earth venue. I remain unaware of the existence of galactic exchanges for planet trading, but that in itself, of course, does not preclude their existence.”
The professor of astronomy at Yale University, however, said WASP-127b could change the narrative.
“From a valuation standpoint, I would recommend that prospective buyers for WASP-127b keep in mind that the planet’s proximity to its host star renders it uninhabitable to carbon-based life,” he added.
“The large energy flux that WASP-127b receives from the star leads to low energy costs for any data centers orbiting the planet, but the associated requirements for cooling infrastructure likely mean that the planet is cost-ineffective as a center for high-throughput computation.
“I would expect that other recently detected extrasolar planets, including Proxima b and Kepler 186-f, would likely command much higher prices than WASP-127b, potentially making it a bargain for a first-time planet buyer.”
Lil Uzi Vert is renowned for his penchant for splashing exorbitant amounts of money on watches, clothes, cars, and all types of jewelry.
The 26-year-old singer’s latest adventure comes months after he implanted a pink diamond worth $24 million into his forehead in February.
The ‘XO TOUR Llif3’ rapper, however, removed the diamond he implanted in his forehead in June.
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