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BREAKING NEWS: Astronomers discover new planets, 3 are habitable
06-26-2013, 02:38 AM #1
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Astronomers discover new planets, 3 are habitable

Astronomers discovered a solar system packed with planets three of which are habitable -- meaning in the zone around the star where liquid water could exist, making them possible candidates for the presence of life.

The Gliese 667C star is orbited between five and seven planets and is part of a triple star system known as Gliese 667.

"We identified three strong signals in the star before, but it was possible that smaller planets were hidden in the data," said Guillem Anglada-Escudé of the University of Göttingen in Germany, who led the study. "We reexamined the existing data, added some new observations, and applied two different data analysis methods especially designed to deal with multi-planet signal detection."

"Both methods yielded the same answer: There are five very secure signals and up to seven low-mass planets in short-period orbits around the star."

The Gliese 667C solar system is strikingly similar to ours and the three planets identified as habitable are confirmed to be super-Earths: planets that have more mass than Earth but less mass than larger planets like Uranus and Neptune.

The star is just 22 light-years away in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). This is quite close to our solar system, astronomers said -- within the Sun’s neighborhood, so to speak -- and much closer than the star systems investigated using telescopes such as the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.

"This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system," astronomer Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institute for Science who participated in the study said.

Similar systems have been found before and are very common in the Milky Way, however, most of these systems are built around Sun-like stars and are too hot to be habitable.

The Gliese 667C system is the first example of a system that contains multiple habitable planets surrounding a low-mass star.

The discovery of more systems like Gliese 667C could mean that the amount of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy are more numerous than believed.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/06/2...z2XH05yY1B

http://www.space.com/21706-habitable-ali...-667c.html

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-575909...ghborhood/

http://now.msn.com/habitable-planets-fou...liese-667c

http://news.yahoo.com/found-3-super-eart...26352.html





06-26-2013, 02:43 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Time to fill up the kritterbox space bus and go check out the neighborhood. woohoo.gif

İmage
06-26-2013, 02:44 AM #3
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(06-26-2013, 02:43 AM)Octo Wrote:  Time to fill up the kritterbox space bus and go check out the neighborhood. woohoo.gif

İmage


I am in... I want a seat window.
06-26-2013, 02:53 AM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I'm in, beam me up - this planet sucks.

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06-26-2013, 02:57 AM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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Alright you get a window seat ULP as you were the first one to book this flight.

06-26-2013, 03:18 AM #6
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06-26-2013, 05:53 AM #7
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06-26-2013, 06:14 AM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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(06-26-2013, 02:38 AM)ULP 2.0 Wrote:  The star is just 22 light-years away in the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion). This is quite close to our solar system, astronomers said -- within the Sun’s neighborhood, so to speak -- and much closer than the star systems investigated using telescopes such as the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.


Made me think of this TV series: Earth 2 (1994) that went to hell after a season due to lack of ideas after an interesting premiss

Quote:Desperate to save her son, Devon puts together a group who will pioneer the effort to settle a planet 22 light-years away from Earth, on which other families with members thus afflicted can settle. The eventual colonization of the planet, however, is opposed by the government. Secret monitoring and agent infiltration threaten the creation of the colony of New Pacifica.

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06-26-2013, 06:52 AM #9
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(06-26-2013, 02:43 AM)Octo Wrote:  Time to fill up the kritterbox space bus and go check out the neighborhood. woohoo.gif

İmage

What time are we leaving? :-)
06-26-2013, 03:00 PM #10
yankees skier
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Send all politicians on the first ship. coffeetime.gif

Biere.
06-26-2013, 03:25 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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I'll email y'all the information and tickets. chuckle.gif

No politicians allowed on the kritter bus. 13.gif
06-26-2013, 04:27 PM #12
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Now the race begins as to who will colonize them first.

Life is like a penny, you can spend it on what you like, but you can ONLY spend it once.


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06-26-2013, 04:34 PM #13
Octo Mother Superior
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They'll send a probe to check for precious minerals first is my guess.

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06-26-2013, 05:44 PM #14
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(06-26-2013, 03:00 PM)yankees Wrote:  Send all politicians on the first ship. coffeetime.gif


No, leave them here...the rest of us leave. chuckle.gif



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