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Richest planetary system discovered , 127 light years away

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posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 10:35 AM
Astronomers have discovered a planetary system containing at least five planets that orbit a star called HD 10180 , at mere 127 light years away this is the richest system of exoplanets found so far , it may be upgraded to seven Planets with further investigation.

It has at least five "Neptune-like planets" lying within a distance equivalent to the orbit of Mars, making it more populated than our own Solar System in its inner region. And all the planets seem to have almost circular orbits.

As of 24 August 2010 the number of exoplanets discovered by Humans stands at 485 , which is pretty impressive considering the first confirmed detection of an exoplanet was made only fifteen years ago 1995 .

Given this hit rate in fifteen years how many habitable Planets could have been discovered by an Extraterrestrial race with space travel capability ,lets say a race a couple of thousand years in advance of us , is it so hard to believe that a race like that could of spotted our little blue gem in the blackness of space and thought it may be worth checking out ?

"The richness of the system of planets around HD 10180 with its many characteristic features marks the way forward towards gathering the information that will put our own existence into cosmic context," he told BBC News.

posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 10:42 AM
reply to post by gortex

Another step forward. I'm still waiting for them to develop reliable tech that can spot Earth size/type planets in the supposed Goldilocks/sweet spot orbits more efficiently.

Then while that is going on we should also have a parallel effort developing propulsion and space craft that could make interstellar journeys within a humans lifespan

S & F


posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 11:11 AM
So is this the "intriguing" announcement that NASA was going to make, or something different? Sounds like it might be it. Definitely on par with what I was expecting if so. Very interesting article in any case, S&F.

posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 11:19 AM
reply to post by CHA0S

So is this the "intriguing" announcement that NASA was going to make

I don't think so , this discovery was made by the European Southern Observatory, NASA's announcement is to do with results from Kepler .
Hope its not another damp squib

posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 12:12 PM

Originally posted by SLAYER69


There is no such thing, Theres moons around saturn hotter than this planet...
The possibilities are endless my friend!

posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 12:25 PM
reply to post by GW8UK

Well they do keep moving the goal post.

The Goldilocks Zone

The Goldilocks Zone is bigger than we thought.

To find out how big, researchers are going deeper, climbing higher, and looking in the nooks and crannies of our own planet. Searching for life in the Universe is one of NASA's most important research activities. Finding extreme life here on Earth tells us what kind of conditions might suit life "out there."

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