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Several exoplanets including WASP-3b, HAT-P-5b, GJ 758 b and c, HD 178911 Bb, HD 177830 b, TrES-1, and HD 173416 b have been discovered in Lyra. In January 2010 the Kepler Mission announced the discovery of the additional planets Kepler-7b and Kepler-8b, which are expected to be the first of many discovered by the mission, which has a significant part of its field of view in Lyra.
Originally posted by satnav_c-1
what if they hav found a solar system with like about 4 earth like planets that
all orbit the sun in sequence only say that because if it was that great of a discovery
it would be a secret
Originally posted by DocEmrick
Maybe they've found the first planet that we can colonize. Let's slap on the American flag and head straight for it! Then when we get there, just sort of pretend the natives don't exist.
Originally posted by Three_moons
For everyone who thinks the discoveries are boring, not deserving of media attention and should only include an earth shattering discovery I ask you this. How do you expect we reach a truly great discovery without achieving small steps along the way? That's how we learn and gain knowledge, a little at a time. It's seems like too many want instantaneous knowledge of a vast place and forget the study of space is still a relatively new venture.
Would it be better if they didn't share anything for decades until there truly was something absolutely astonishing? Then it would be an issue of there being no discoveries and wondering what they are hiding even more than now. It's asked what the significance of finding planets that we can't travel to is. I ask you why build a spaceship if we don't know where we'd like to go. If we built a spaceship without knowing where to take it I'm sure people would ask why build a spaceship. You simply can't win. I fail to even see this as a lack of patience but rather an ignorance of learning. According to this mindset we should have the knowledge or an astrophysicist by the end of first grade.
I certainly agree with the poster regarding knowing more here on earth and especially the oceans. Discoveries are coming from that field too although I could argue that more should be done. Saying that doesn't mean that I don't think both should be occurring at the same time.
Originally posted by The Chez
I've also had a theory for many years that there is life, and then life. Life on Earth, as we know it, and then life that we would not recognise.
I think the same way and as someone else posted, we now have evidence of extremophiles on earth living in conditions we didn't think were possible not very long ago. It's entirely too narrow minded to think life as we know it is the only form of life.
Originally posted by infinite
Not long to go.
We might get a press release before the conference...I'll do a quick scan on the internet to see what I can find.