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Astronomers say they have discovered what appears to be an entirely new kind of planet, an extra-large gas giant unlike any known world in our solar system or beyond.
I bet you a single cloud on that planet would be the same
size as earth.
Originally posted by cmdrkeenkid
GhostITM - While your post is highly informative as a whole, I do feel it needs some minor corrections on your last bits of information.
Firstly, 206 extrasolar planets have been detected. You're correct about some having masses around (and slighly above) 10 SM. In fact, some extrasolar planets near 11 masses, but at that point they cross the threshold of becoming a brown dwarf. Though, the lowest mass extrasolar planet is at .02 EM. Oddly enough, this was the very first ESP discovered (almost 15 years ago.) I believe the largest error you made very well could have just been a keyboard faux pas, because the oldest known ESP is just under 13 million years old.
Sorry for throwing in my own abbreviations into the mix. I'm sure you can figure them out.
Originally posted by southern_Guardian
Thats very interesting.If one were to compare that planet to earth let alone jupiter side by side,the size would be beyond belief.I bet you a single cloud on that planet would be the same size as earth.
Although it is a rather large planet,it is also a gas giant.Such bodies that are not solid in form like our rocky planets find it easy to maintain such an diameter.Id be highly interested once they find a rocky planet the size of jupiter.Iv heard of two rocky planets that were discovered in another start system the size of neptune a uranus also I havnt as of yet heard of any extra-solar planets the size of jupiter.If a rocky planet with the same diameter (or larger) as jupiter was to be discovered,the gravitational pull would be huge.
[edit on 16-9-2006 by southern_Guardian]