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Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:19 pm
by Bmat
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090916/ap_ ... cky_planet
By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer – Wed Sep 16, 10:08 am ET

WASHINGTON – Astronomers have finally found a place outside our solar system where there's a firm place to stand — if only it weren't so broiling hot.

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The planet is called Corot-7b. It was first discovered earlier this year. European scientists then watched it dozens of times to measure its density to prove that it is rocky like Earth. It's in our general neighborhood, circling a star in the winter sky about 500 light-years away. Each light-year is about 6 trillion miles.

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In addition, the planet is about as close to Earth in size as any other planet found outside our solar system. Its radius is only one-and-a-half times bigger than Earth's and it has a mass about five times the Earth's.

Now that another rocky planet has been found so close to its own star, it gives scientists more confidence that they'll find more Earth-like planets farther away, where the conditions could be more favorable to life, Boss said.
Who else is starting to pack up bags?

Re: Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:26 pm
by Boikat
I'll wait untill they find one thew right size and with an average temp in the mid 70's. :)

Re: Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:25 pm
by The Master
I will let BK colonize first to check for dangerous carnivores.

Re: Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:58 am
by Qray
Boikat wrote:I'll wait untill they find one thew right size and with an average temp in the mid 70's. :)
I've already called dibs on Gliese 876 d. :smt016

Re: Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:07 pm
by NeptuneRise
Didn't they find a Jupiter-sized Earth-like planet recently?

I believe they talked about it in a documentary just recently on National Geographic, if I'm not mistaken?

Now imagine how many regions are unexplored in our small planet Earth, how much time would it take to explore an Earth-like world with the size of Jupiter? :D

Now that's a challenge.

Re: Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:01 pm
by Ariel
Indeed it would be a challenge and a fascinating adventure. You go first though. I'm not that brave.

Re: Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:15 pm
by Golden Knight
You can go with me...

Re: Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:00 am
by NeptuneRise
Ariel wrote:Indeed it would be a challenge and a fascinating adventure. You go first though. I'm not that brave.
I would actually. Even if it's a one way trip lol.

Life here seems dull in comparison.

Oh, I'll send you a postcard ;)

Re: Closer to finding an Earth-like planet

Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:12 am
by Ariel
Ok, Golden Night, I'll go with you if you still have your wizard powers. LOL :lol: