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The new planet discoveries were made thanks to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope

Astronomers have announced that the NASA Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a number of extra-solar planets deep in the Milky Way.  The discovery was made during the Sagittarius Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search, also known as SWEEPS.  The light of 180,000 stars were monitored over one week to try and see any dimming that would occur from the passing of a planet.  The newly discovered bodies are at least 10 times as far from Earth as the more than 200 planets already discovered outside of our solar system.


 The 16 planet candidates are orbiting numerous stars in the central region of the Milky Way galaxy.  Calculations have shown that at least seven of the bodies can easily qualify as planets.  One of planet candidates circles close enough to its star that the planet’s surface temperature is more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  As many as five of the newly discovered planets are able to orbit their home stars in less than a day – one of them is able to do it in 10 hours, according to astronomers.  The fastest planet in our solar system, Mercury, is able to orbit around the Sun in 88 days.


None of the planet candidates can be confirmed as planets until the NASA James Webb Space Telescope is launched in 2013.

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Are they liveable :?
By tuteja1986 on 10/5/2006 11:18:14 AM , Rating: 2
After we stuff up earth... do we know any possible planet where we can live :(

RE: Are they liveable :?
By mandeep on 10/5/2006 11:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
probably not. if they can orbit their star in less than what it takes mercury to orbit our sun who knows how how those planets are.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By mandeep on 10/5/2006 11:28:53 AM , Rating: 2
how hot

RE: Are they liveable :?
By smitty3268 on 10/5/2006 2:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
I think the only ones we can detect are huge anyway, like Saturn/Jupiter sized at least. No way we could stand up to that much gravity, although presumably they would have moons that might be close to Earth sized.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By VIAN on 10/5/2006 11:28:41 AM , Rating: 2
Even then, we would need Warp Drive to get there. And we don't have that either.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By Totalfixation on 10/5/2006 11:39:51 AM , Rating: 3
Honestly I think we can make it to another planent if earth was really in a position of being extinct. I believe we have the technology to do it. Its just the cost is astronomically high. With solar energy and other forms of quatum phyisic i think we can make it there. of course after a few generations living in the capsules.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By throughhyperspace on 10/5/2006 12:11:42 PM , Rating: 2
It would be much more cost effective to build to habitable environment on the moon or Mars.. Granted, it would be nice to walk outside the biodome without a space suite and not have to worry about your lungs getting sucked out. But to my knowledge we don't even know of any planets that are earth-like yet. The only ones we can "see" (through indirect methods) are jupiter-sized. Once that new telescope is operational we should have a plethora of new discoveries.
Furthermore, by the time we have to leave earth, space propulsion technology should be leaps and bounds beyond what we presently have, making a light-years journey much more feasible. Unless, of course, we nuke ourselves into extinction, which would not allow us the time to leave earth's atmosphere anyways. :)

RE: Are they liveable :?
By COMMENT999 on 10/5/06, Rating: 0
RE: Are they liveable :?
By Ratwar on 10/5/2006 1:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, taking care of our own planet environmentally ain't gonna do anything against a comet or asteriod... Gobal Warming isn't the only thread to human existance you know.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By Wwhat on 10/7/2006 4:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I'm sure that if an object hits the earth big enough to destroy it or we have time and resources to build a spacefleet that can travel for lightyears, sure sure.
Same for a nuclear war that destroys half the planet.

New condition: SG1 syndrome, the believe any global disaster can be fixed in 30 minutes by about 5 or so people ;)

RE: Are they liveable :?
By Myrandex on 10/5/2006 1:36:09 PM , Rating: 4
I recommend taking in your CAPS lock key for immediately servicing. If you check underneath your keyboard, the Check Engine light is probably red, or else a nice bright blue meaning that attention is needed for the above mentioned key.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By Clauzii on 10/9/2006 9:05:20 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Are they liveable :?
By Etsp on 10/5/2006 5:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
so... you hear any news recently about north korea doing nuclear testing? if that happens then there may very well be a threat of global thermo-nuclear war in the not-so-distant future. in comparison, a few planes arent hurting much...

and if i recall, planes and the jet engines are far more energy efficient than standard internal combustion engines IE cars. please dont try to preach about that which you've only based your opinions on what you heard someone else preach about. get some facts from multiple sources and try to add a few tracks to that mind of yours.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By AxemanFU on 10/5/2006 5:30:06 PM , Rating: 1
In other news...The sky has fallen and it can't get up.

We can burn everything in sight at the same time, and the global temp would limit out at about 10-15F higher than it is today because of self limiting factors. Sure, the planet would look alot different, but it would still be quite habitable. Once greenhouse gasses reach a certain density with Earth's atmosphere's chemical makeup, the upper layers filter or reflect or absorb enough solar energy to prevent much of it from reaching the lower layers in many radiation bands, ultimately limiting the potential warming. Global warming, whatever the cause, can't destroy earth, life on it, or even mankind, though it can make it harder to live on earth. It would eventually happen naturally due to our cyclical exposure to varying amounts of solar radiation and other random geological evens like supereruptions of volcanic regions like the Yellowstone area, or a comet strike. Hell, we could all get randomly blasted with massive radiation from an unexpected supernovae we'd never see coming at the speed of light.

Also, global cooling, contrary to global warming, absolutely could virtually end life on the planet, as it almost all depends on liquid water. Even then deep ocean vents would preserve life at those locations.

Let science do the work, and keep the emotional parenoia in check.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By ADDAvenger on 10/5/2006 12:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
Oh we've been capable of extra-solar flight since the '60s, it's just that nobody wants to do it. I don't mean that we built the ships, but we built scale models and had the plans laid out. Look up "Project Orion (Nuclear propulsion)" on wikipedia.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By FITCamaro on 10/5/2006 4:38:44 PM , Rating: 3
The ability to travel outside our solar system doesn't mean we can go anywhere quickly. Even at light speed it'd take way too long to get anywhere. The only way we'll ever get out of our own solar system is if we find a way to get around the laws of physics and go faster than the speed of light. I'm sure it can be done, we just haven't discovered it yet.

The biggest problem we have is generating enough power though. We'd need a propulsion system, and a power source capable to drive it, that can get between star systems in a few weeks to a few months before interstellar travel really ever became feasible. Pray the Vulcan's find us.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By MarkHark on 10/5/2006 8:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
Besides power generation, another problem at least as big is momentum conservation. To accelerate a starship to very high (near-light) speeds, an equal amount of matter would have to be expelled in the opposite direction, at similar near-light speeds. Another equivalent amount would be needed to decelerate it in arrival, unless one plans on crashing the ship directly over the planet's surface.

RE: Are they liveable :?
By Wwhat on 10/7/2006 4:28:31 PM , Rating: 1
How much money and effort and time did it take to get ISS in a low orbit with a few people onboard while the planet was working?
Guess the idea is to send an Adam and Eve in this scenario then eh.

Incidentally, I like that idea, crash the ship on the planet at lightspeed, destroying the planet and the people in it in the process, how apt, it's a blitz-human civilisation, cut the chaff do the whole thing in one go.

Looks like...
By Clauzii on 10/5/2006 11:32:36 AM , Rating: 4
... at least five of the newly found planets are overclocked ;)

RE: Looks like...
By hannons on 10/5/2006 12:38:47 PM , Rating: 2
don't you mean overcooked(3000 degrees F)?

RE: Looks like...
By Rike on 10/5/2006 1:30:38 PM , Rating: 2
.. at least five of the newly found planets are overclocked ;)

don't you mean overcooked(3000 degrees F)?

Aren't those two sometimes the same thing? ;)

RE: Looks like...
By Clauzii on 10/9/2006 9:07:30 PM , Rating: 2

New Planets
By Luminary on 10/5/2006 1:46:36 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps Hubble can look back at earth and find where this E.coli spinach is coming from?

RE: New Planets
By Shark Tek on 10/5/2006 2:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
Dont say that. Then the world will now that is coming from my @$$.

Our future on this planet isn't so bad...
By rushfan2006 on 10/6/2006 12:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't worry too much about our race being exhausting Earth as a place to live...

1)*The Positive Approach* If naturally, it'll take many many many many generations to exhaust the resources on Earth or over populate it to the point we are in serious need to get off this planet to make our species survive. I doubt even our great(x10) grand children's grand children will even see that happen. Fairly safe to say you and me and everyone living today or in the next 1000 years for that matter will be nothing but ash when that time comes.

2) *The Most Likely Approach* We'll probably make ourselves extinct with nuclear war -- in that event, only worry if you are NOT close to the center of the blast(s) (you don't want to live through that)...meanwhile for most of us in a all out global nuclear exchange won't feel a think...something about every molecule in your body simmering to 10,0000 F in under a second. ;)

3) *That's Not a Moon....Approach* Another probable scenario is a huge asteroid will kill us all like it did the dinos. Volcanoes will erupt, landsides of gargantuan proportions will occur, earthquakes from 9.0 - 10.0 will trigger panic, death, destruction on a global scale, our lungs will wither and die as black dust and ash sear our insides, for those us who survive the impact that will be about 100 billion TIMES more powerful than the Atomic bombs dropped in WWII.

So don't worry...the future isn't that bad. ;)

By Squidward on 10/6/2006 1:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
I plan on taking the Ferris Bueller approach...

Becoming a fry cook on Venus.

Life out there
By XtAzY on 10/5/2006 12:55:01 PM , Rating: 2
now i wonder if theres any signs of life in any of those planets, not the hot surface ones of course

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