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Light from Faraway Planet Directly Detected
space.com ^ | 01/13/10

Posted on 01/13/2010 5:59:01 PM PST by KevinDavis

For the first time, astronomers have directly detected the light signature of a planet orbiting an almost sun-like star. This signature can tell scientists the chemical makeup of the planet, which can help them understand how it formed. in the future these signatures could be used to look for signs of life on other planets.

The planet is a giant, about 10 times as massive as Jupiter, and it orbits between two other giants around a star similar to our sun in a scaled-up version of our own solar system.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: space; xplanets
I guess it is a matter of time till we find you know what ;)
1 posted on 01/13/2010 5:59:03 PM PST by KevinDavis
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2 posted on 01/13/2010 5:59:39 PM PST by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: KevinDavis
I guess it is a matter of time till we find you know what

Chocolate at the center of the Milky Way?

3 posted on 01/13/2010 6:00:53 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: KevinDavis
"I guess it is a matter of time till we find you know what ;) "

An actual conservative Democrat?

4 posted on 01/13/2010 6:03:08 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: KevinDavis

It could have moons that are inhabitable, you never know.


5 posted on 01/13/2010 6:05:24 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: UCANSEE2

nuts!


6 posted on 01/13/2010 6:05:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: KevinDavis
The three giant companions were detected in 2008 and range in mass from seven to 10 times that of Jupiter, with orbits between 20 and 70 times as far from their host star as Earth is from the sun. The system also features two belts of smaller objects, similar to the asteroid and Kuiper belts around our sun. The system's star is about 1.5 times as massive as the sun.

A little on the cool side for us I suppose.
7 posted on 01/13/2010 6:08:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: KevinDavis

Fantastic!


8 posted on 01/13/2010 6:08:52 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: KevinDavis

Or um...they find us


9 posted on 01/13/2010 6:10:22 PM PST by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property....)
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To: KevinDavis

It’s a “fair” possibility that there is at least extraterrestrial microbial life in this solar system which we have yet to detect despite our best efforts. But just add a few tens or hundreds of light years and it’s a cinch, right?


10 posted on 01/13/2010 6:10:54 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Regulator

maybe it’s pandora and all the whack jobs who saw the movie and now are depressed can go there.


11 posted on 01/13/2010 6:17:58 PM PST by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: KevinDavis
I guess it is a matter of time till we find you know what ;)

Oh, I think "we've" long found it. Now it's just a matter of making the "discovery" seem "reasonable."

12 posted on 01/13/2010 6:18:43 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: KevinDavis

Excellent! When can we start exploiting it’s natural resources?


13 posted on 01/13/2010 6:18:59 PM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: KevinDavis
it orbits between two other giants around a star similar to our sun in a scaled-up version of our own solar system

Only the rich and elites will be able to live there, being in an upscale neighborhood...

14 posted on 01/13/2010 6:22:11 PM PST by mikrofon (% Movin' on up %)
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To: KevinDavis
This is awesome and incredible news. We don't have the budgets to send manned expeditions or even robotic probes to look for life outside our solar system. But with our optics we can be cosmic “voyeurs”. Our first tangible discovery will be when we can detect a planet containing chlorophyll.
15 posted on 01/13/2010 6:26:37 PM PST by LiberConservative (I can get my own coffee, thank you very much.)
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To: MAexile

I’d like a planet with curvy blue women


16 posted on 01/13/2010 6:31:02 PM PST by omega4179 (Marco2010)
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To: LiberConservative; All

In the meantime, we should develop FTL, artificial gravity, inertial dampeners and so on until we find a planet good for us.. I still think we find a Earth like planet in 2020..


17 posted on 01/13/2010 6:31:45 PM PST by KevinDavis (Ad Astra!!!)
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To: LiberConservative

The discovery of exoplanets seems to have spurred development of better and better telescopes.


18 posted on 01/13/2010 6:34:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: KevinDavis

This is going to make a great difference in my life because........


19 posted on 01/13/2010 6:36:54 PM PST by Venturer
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To: bravo whiskey

Better yet - all us evil whiteys can invade the Pandora Eden and steal their minerals!/s/


20 posted on 01/13/2010 6:38:50 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Talisker

Can we send Obama there to Socialize them instead of us?


21 posted on 01/13/2010 6:42:21 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: KevinDavis

22 posted on 01/13/2010 6:43:27 PM PST by joethedrummer
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To: KevinDavis

Maybe NASA can send the people depressed over the movie Avatar there?


23 posted on 01/13/2010 6:50:39 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: UCANSEE2

“Chocolate at the center of the Milky Way?”

That’s not funny. Don’t EVER joke about chocolate. (See my tagline.) :)


24 posted on 01/13/2010 6:59:04 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What’s really funny (or sad depending on how you look at it) is the fact that I thought of you when he said it. LOL


25 posted on 01/13/2010 7:01:12 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: KevinDavis

It was me.

It’s REALLY dark out here in the Boonies, and when I walk the dogs at night, I take a Maglite with me.

When I get bored, waiting for them to roust out a rabbit or a pheasant, I shine my flashlight toward Heaven...just for something to do.

Sorry I screwed up all the data and all... *SNORT*


26 posted on 01/13/2010 7:01:19 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s that mind-meld thing you and I have. :)

Or else it’s the endless hours we WASTE here when we could be productive citizens, LOL!


27 posted on 01/13/2010 7:03:42 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: KevinDavis

Ten times more massive than Jupiter sounds like its maybe in brown dwarf territory. If such is the case, its also radiating a good amount of IR, although mostly from contraction, not from fusion. Not massive enough, however some brown dwarves may have fusion due to deuterium or lithium. That process does not last too long however - runs out of fuel.


28 posted on 01/13/2010 8:01:31 PM PST by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: KevinDavis

FTL, inertial dampeners?


29 posted on 01/13/2010 10:24:16 PM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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Thanks KevinDavis, just adding, not pinging.
 
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30 posted on 01/14/2010 3:48:10 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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