Skip to comments.Lots More Planets Found Outside Solar System (32 More Planets, Total 400)
Posted on 10/19/2009 7:11:29 AM PDT by Dallas59Edited on 10/19/2009 7:14:06 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
WASHINGTON – Astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop.
Scientists using European Southern Observatory telescopes didn't find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400.
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Excellent. Next step, find life.
Good luck with that.
Be tough to develope aviation technology under those
conditions but if you did, wow!
Also weightless conditions would play hell on their body
especially returning to weight.
The planets we can 'see' at this time are the giants similar to Jupiter and Saturn, possibly even Neptune sized.
Finding the smaller planets, Earth/Mars/Venus sized is the next step.
The Obama administration immediately proposed a new-plant-tax.
The Darwinists are ever hopeful ...
Planetquest has a really great 3D interactive atlas now with the sun at the center showing the systems around us.
Well, that’s humble pie for me, since I had predicted almost none. Well, we are getting a better understanding of the process now, as happens any time you do real science — observations, observations, observations.
“Excellent. Next step, find life.
Good luck with that.”
I think the entire Kook to Kook program today was devoted to ETs and the Roswell incident.
It is now nice to know that they can now have some planets
to claim that ET comes from, hahaha.
I did not read just how many light years away they are.
When God created the world, He intended for man to enjoy His entire universe. By Genesis chapter 4, man had become quite advanced. By Genesis eleven, man had very advanced engineering skills-—sadly used to rebel against his Creator.
There is no reason man would not have been allowed to fill the universe at some point, and God created a universe full of habitable planets.
The “second heaven” (outer space) is, however, now corrupted by the wickedness of the angels which kept not their first estate. Man will not be permitted to inhabit other planets until after the universe is purged after the Reign of the Savior, Jesus Christ, from David’s Throne.
A NEW heaven and a NEW earth will be created wherein will dwell righteousness.
What scientists are being allowed to see by way of telescopes and modern sensing equipment is just to remind man that all could have been his, were it not for man thinking he is smarter than God.
One day, the Regenerated saints of God, those who have been made new creatures in Christ, Sons of God, will enjoy a NEW heaven and a NEW earth, along with its far-flung reaches that glorify the Creator.
Sorry, Mr. Scientist, without repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, through your telescopes you merely see your own loss, and your own condemnation.
Did you post this in religion or something? The small vulnerable God crowd is out in force this morning.
Next step is still to just find a planet in what is considered a “habitable” zone that isn’t a gas giant outside our solar system. Let alone find life.
The funny thing about all this is, even if we found a planet that we thought could sustain life, with current technologies, how do you even begin to prove it has life?
The closest star to ours is 4.4 Light Years away(41,800,000,000,000 km) , voyager 2 is travelling at about 3.3 AU per year 450,000,000 KM per year. That means at that rate of travel, its would take about 93,000 years for a spacecraft to reach Alpha Centauri, let alone land successfully and then let us know (4.4 years later after those 93,000 years) if it found anything.
Now obviously Voyager wasn’t built strictly for speed though it is the fastest spacecraft to date, so we could probably do better, but even a 10 fold increase in speed is still 9,300 years.
Actually the New Horizons craft is much faster than the Voyager craft but still falls far short of anything that could put Alpha Centauri within reach.
I think the search for life should be secondary to the search for speed. I think 1/32 the speed of light or even 1/16 is a reasonable goal for the next century.
New Horizons has a much faster launch velocity from earth, but its still not going to outpace Voyagers speed by the time it leaves the solar system, its flight path won’t slingshot it as much as the voyager craft were by planets on its way out of the system.
So, while New Horizon took the speed record for fastest craft escaping earths orbit, its not likely to take the interstellar speed crown and catch voyagers speed.
Whole new studies are being created with the discovery of planets outside our star system. What’s even more amazing is we haven’t found a “duplicate” of Earth. I believe Stephen Hawking suggested that Earth my be the only type of it’s kind in all the galaxy. Much like each human on Earth is an individual so are the planets. Similar...but different.
Good point. New Horizons isn’t doing multiple large planet flybys and pluto doesn’t have the gravity well to give much boost.
We really are in the horse and buggy days of space travel as long as we’re stuck with rockets.
32 planets outside our solar system found?
I still mourn the loss of one of our very own.
Poor little Pluto. He once was found but now is lost.
Drake Equation original estimate (1961) for the fraction of stars with planets was 0.50. That may turn out to be a reasonable estimate.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation for more details.
Well, its not that we can’t go faster, its just that’s never been a stated objective. There are many theorhetical designs we have, that could reach close to light speed over time.. of course, then the question becomes.. how do you slow and stop the thing?
I remember years ago reading about an engine design for close to light speed, accelleration was achieved if I remember correctly by single molecule releases by the engine over time, this would over time get the space craft eventually to close to light speed, obviously this accelleration would happen over long periods of time, but it would get you there, and was plausible to launch with enough fuel to accomplish. Of course then the issue is, slowing it down in time and all the other stuff it would have to do automatically since no realistic control could be offered from earth with lag time of communication being measured in years.
Interstellar travel just hasn’t been a goal. In terms of interstellar travel, we aren’t even in the horse and buggy stage yet, more like the unsandled foot on an unpaved road.
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