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'Super Earth' found circling nearby star......

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posted on Jan, 15 2007 @ 07:02 AM
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Scientist in awe about a star that seems to be a Super Earth. This star has a rocky surface unlike most made of gas, and also has a thin atmosphere like ours. Only problem is it is far enough away that it is hard for us to completely study. The good news is it is very similar to earth in all aspects, however it is fourteen times bigger!
 



www.msnbc.msn.com
In a discovery that has left one expert stunned, European astronomers have found one of the smallest planets known outside our solar system, a world about 14 times the mass of our own around a star much like the sun.

It could be a rocky planet with a thin atmosphere, a sort of "super Earth," the researchers said Wednesday.

But this is no typical Earth. It completes its tight orbit in less than 10 days, compared with the 365 required for our year. Its daytime face would be scorched.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


This could be a great find! Hopefully it is all it appears to be. Lets cross our fingers and thank "our Lucky Stars" (no pun intended) if it is. Until then all anyone can do is theorize. Again another possible existence of a planet able to possibly support life!

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posted on Jan, 15 2007 @ 09:01 AM
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Good Find, but not at all likely to be "another Earth." The temp is 1,160F, not to mention 50 light years away (6 trillion miles). What are you thanking our lucky stars for. Sure it is amazing find, but that's about it. We all know we're not the only life out in the universe.....



posted on Jan, 15 2007 @ 04:08 PM
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A very interesting discovery.

Any planet found is cool to me, especially so when we find planets
that are smaller and smaller.

I am interested to know if the planet is tidaly locked, and how thick,
or thin it's atmosphere is, as the only way complex life could hope
to develop on it, would be for it to be tidally locked.

Life could than theoretically devlop in the life zone on the planet,
assuming it's atmosphere would allow it, and a life zone exists.



posted on Jan, 15 2007 @ 04:12 PM
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It is very possible that such a planet could have a habitable moon that would be even more earth like.

It is merely a matter of time before we have evidence of rocky planets our size. The real challenge for us is if we can develop a means to travel that far and actually see and visit such planets.

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posted on Jan, 15 2007 @ 06:41 PM
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Unfortuneately being 14 times bigger means that the gravity is 14 times more than what we are used to here on earth. It means that we will never be able to inhabit this planet because we will never be able to withstand its gravity.



posted on Jan, 15 2007 @ 08:21 PM
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Originally posted by XphilesPhan
Unfortuneately being 14 times bigger means that the gravity is 14 times more than what we are used to here on earth. It means that we will never be able to inhabit this planet because we will never be able to withstand its gravity.


I thought of that to, but than it may not be made of the same minerals
as the Earth, which would reduce it's gravitational field some, though
you're correct an unmodified human could not survive above 7 times
gravity.

A modified human could live there though,m saying an environment capable of supporting human life existed.



posted on Jan, 15 2007 @ 08:26 PM
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"Super Earth"????

NO!

A Super Earth would not cook you alive in seconds.

It's atmosphere is irelevant as the temperature does not support any life forms. Sure, species adapt to extreme cold or extreme heat but not both.. and not that extreme. And the temp would make it impossible for there to be water.. it would evaperate away into space. So .. maybe it is a "Super Venus" or something.

The only thing I find interesting about the story is it circles a star the size of our sun in 10 days. I am fascinated by gravity and time.. a planet with that mass moving that fast would have a completely different time speed then our own. 10 days our time might seem like 365 days if your actually on the planet.. but time on earth would continue at the same speed.



posted on Jan, 24 2007 @ 08:08 AM
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Originally posted by dirty_underground
Good Find, but not at all likely to be "another Earth." The temp is 1,160F, not to mention 50 light years away (6 trillion miles). What are you thanking our lucky stars for. Sure it is amazing find, but that's about it. We all know we're not the only life out in the universe.....


Try almost 294 trillion miles! It's one hell of a bus journey that's for sure. Light travels at almost 6 trillion miles per year (5.8 trillion). Bring on inter-dimensional space travel.



posted on Jan, 30 2007 @ 12:37 AM
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Originally posted by Rockpuck

The only thing I find interesting about the story is it circles a star the size of our sun in 10 days. I am fascinated by gravity and time.. a planet with that mass moving that fast would have a completely different time speed then our own. 10 days our time might seem like 365 days if your actually on the planet.. but time on earth would continue at the same speed.


The planet's sidereal time does not necessarily mean its moving that fast. I mean does anyone know how far it is from its sun?

Also relative to anyone that would be on that planet the length of days/years might seem different. but time does not change.



I thought of that to, but than it may not be made of the same minerals
as the Earth, which would reduce it's gravitational field some, though
you're correct an unmodified human could not survive above 7 times
gravity.



composition of the planet should have little effect on gravity. mass is what will affect an objects gravitational "pull"



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