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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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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.

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