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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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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.



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