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Post by Yanjin on Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:22 pm

MSNBC wrote:Astronomers say they have detected a planet just six and a half times as massive as Earth - at a distance so close its atmosphere could be studied, and with a density so low it's almost certain to have abundant water.

The alien world known as GJ 1214b orbits a red dwarf star one-fifth the size of our own sun, 40 light-years away in the constellation Ophiuchus, the astronomers reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

"Astronomically speaking, this is on our block," David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, lead author of the study, told reporters this week. "This is a next-door neighbor. For perspective, our own TV signals have already passed beyond the distance of this star."

He said the planet was detected using an array of eight off-the-shelf, 16-inch telescopes equipped with commercially available cameras.

"Since we found the super-Earth using a small ground-based telescope, this means that anyone else with a similar telescope and a good CCD camera can detect it too," Charbonneau said in a news release. "Students around the world can now study this super-Earth."

Super-Earths - planets that are roughly two to 10 times Earth's mass - represent the hottest frontier in the years-long search for worlds beyond our solar system. Planet-hunters reported finding their first transiting super-Earth in February, and earlier this week, other researchers added two more super-Earths to the list.
read MORE: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/12/16/2152989.aspx
Secondary source: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1947868,00.html?cnn=yes

This could turn out to be VERY interesting!

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Re: Alien 'Water World' Found

Post by SunsetRainbow on Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:17 am

That's...cool I guess =)
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Re: Alien 'Water World' Found

Post by Shanese on Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:33 am

I think it's very interesting. Very Happy
We're probably getting really close to finding real life aliens..
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Re: Alien 'Water World' Found

Post by Yanjin on Sat Dec 19, 2009 7:37 am

lol, it's going the way of 'Avatar' I think...I'd prefer 'Transformers' though tongue

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Re: Alien 'Water World' Found

Post by Gritasa on Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:01 am

I heard something simulare.. about a 28 light years far sun with 2 earth like planets. (one five times as big, the other the biggest twenty 25 times as big)

XD close enough to there own sun, so live could be possible.. XD
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Re: Alien 'Water World' Found

Post by Ely- on Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:08 am

alien water world...that somehow reminded me of this movie; Mars attacks.
that has like...nothing to do with alien water world
anyway..awesome..I guess..
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Re: Alien 'Water World' Found

Post by Yanjin on Mon Dec 21, 2009 2:28 am

Mars Attacks is a freakin' epic film!

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