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More than 100 planets that are a similar size to Earth have been discovered in just the past few weeks, it has been announced.
Scientists now believe that there are likely to be around 100 million planets in the Milky Way that harbour exactly the right conditions for life.And they expect to be able to identify around 60 of these habitable Earth-like planets within the next two years.
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Originally posted by Quantum_Squirrel
Earth like ... or Earth sized?
the title is slightly misleading ....
EDIT: to add .. Apologies .. you used the title the article did ..
[edit on 23/7/10 by Quantum_Squirrel]
Despite overzealous news headlines this week, NASA's Kepler spacecraft has not indentified more than 100 Earth-like planets in the galaxy.
The planet-hunting telescope, launched in April 2009, has so far confirmed only five alien planets beyond the solar system, mission scientists told SPACE.com.
The erroneous reports of new planets were generated in response to a recent videotaped speech Kepler co-investigator Dimitar Sasselov gave at a TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) conference in July.
"More than 100 'Earth-like' planets discovered in past few weeks," read the headline of a Wednesday article in the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper. The Observer, another U.K. paper, also reported the finding.
However, Sasselov was referencing only possible planets among the Kepler data, scientists said.
"What Dimitar presented was 'candidates,'" said David Koch, the mission's deputy principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. "These have the apparent signature we are looking for, but then we must perform extensive follow-up observations to eliminate false positives, such as background eclipsing binaries. This requires substantial amounts of ground-based observing which is done primarily in the summer observing season."
In June the Kepler team announced the discovery of 706 planet candidates – objects that preliminarily have the right signature to be alien worlds.
Originally posted by impaired
This is major. Thank you!
We have this and the whole Vatican deal. Seems they're going to find SOMETHING soon. Probably something primitive on one of Jupiter's or Saturn's moon, though.
Our disclosure will probably be that and the announcement that there are indeed thousands of Earthlike planets - straight confirmation from Kepler and the Terrestrial Planet Finder.
I can't wait!!
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by impaired
Ouch.. Thanks for finding that clarification.
Either way though he is saying that the Keplar data possibly shows the presence of these planets. I guess we will have to wait and see if the data is correct.
[edit on 23-7-2010 by Xcathdra]
Scientists celebrated Sunday after finding more than 700 suspected new planets -- including up to 140 similar in size to Earth -- in just six weeks of using a powerful new space observatory.