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Giant Alien Planet in Supersized Solar System May Solve Mystery
03-15-2013, 09:43 PM #1
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From article:

Quote:The glowing atmosphere of a strangely giant alien world could help solve mysteries of not just how it formed, but how our own solar system arose, scientists say.

The exoplanet discovery comes from the most detailed look yet at the alien planets around the distant star HR 8799, which lies about 130 light-years from Earth. The HR 8799 system is home to four giant planets orbiting a relatively young, 30-million-year-old star, with each planet far larger than any world found in Earth's solar system.

The planets orbiting HR 8799 weigh in at between five to 10 times the mass of Jupiter and are still glowing with the heat of their formation, allowing researchers to directly image them.

"It's the only system in which multiple planets can individually be seen," said study co-author Bruce Macintosh, an astronomer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

The planetary system resembles a scaled-up version of our solar system, suggesting there may be smaller Earth-size planets closer in, although the researchers currently have not yet seen any.

Read more: http://www.space.com/20230-giant-planet-...ystem.html

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03-15-2013, 10:03 PM #2
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That's very cool. Maybe we should fill up the kritter space bus and go check it out. bob.gif
03-15-2013, 10:08 PM #3
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(03-15-2013, 10:03 PM)Octo Wrote:  That's very cool. Maybe we should fill up the kritter space bus and go check it out. bob.gif


Everybody hop in..

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03-15-2013, 10:08 PM #4
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Exciting times we live in. The downside is it will take hundreds of thousands years before any of these planets can harbor life as we know it.

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03-15-2013, 10:12 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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(03-15-2013, 10:08 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Exciting times we live in. The downside is it will take hundreds of thousands years before any of these planets can harbor life as we know it.


You don't know that. It might be full of life and prosperity. blonde.gif
03-16-2013, 01:04 AM #6
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(03-15-2013, 10:12 PM)Octo Wrote:  
(03-15-2013, 10:08 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Exciting times we live in. The downside is it will take hundreds of thousands years before any of these planets can harbor life as we know it.


You don't know that. It might be full of life and prosperity. blonde.gif


It took about 2 billion years for earth to cool enough for life - those things are more than six times the size of jupiter. That's very close to a brown dwarf and might not ever cool.
03-16-2013, 01:37 AM #7
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(03-15-2013, 10:03 PM)Octo Wrote:  That's very cool. Maybe we should fill up the kritter space bus and go check it out. bob.gif


We are, but in a different way. thumbsup.gif

03-16-2013, 01:46 AM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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(03-16-2013, 01:04 AM)オタマジャクシ Wrote:  
(03-15-2013, 10:12 PM)Octo Wrote:  
(03-15-2013, 10:08 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Exciting times we live in. The downside is it will take hundreds of thousands years before any of these planets can harbor life as we know it.


You don't know that. It might be full of life and prosperity. blonde.gif


It took about 2 billion years for earth to cool enough for life - those things are more than six times the size of jupiter. That's very close to a brown dwarf and might not ever cool.


There are some pretty extreme life forms on earth, so who knows what sort of life forms are even possible out there?
03-16-2013, 04:17 AM #9
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(03-16-2013, 01:46 AM)Octo Wrote:  
(03-16-2013, 01:04 AM)オタマジャクシ Wrote:  
(03-15-2013, 10:12 PM)Octo Wrote:  
(03-15-2013, 10:08 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Exciting times we live in. The downside is it will take hundreds of thousands years before any of these planets can harbor life as we know it.


You don't know that. It might be full of life and prosperity. blonde.gif


It took about 2 billion years for earth to cool enough for life - those things are more than six times the size of jupiter. That's very close to a brown dwarf and might not ever cool.


There are some pretty extreme life forms on earth, so who knows what sort of life forms are even possible out there?


Extremophile bacteria 395 K
PWR Reactor Core 583K
Brown Dwarf 1800K

Even bacteria don't want to go where it is brown.
03-16-2013, 04:44 AM #10
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I don't blame them. chuckle.gif But it wouldn't surprise me a whole lot if they found bacteria that did actually thrive in brown places.



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