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Jupiter-Like Exoplanet Discovered

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posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 03:51 PM

ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2010) — A Qatar astronomer teamed with scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and other institutions to discover a new alien world. This "hot Jupiter," now named Qatar-1b, adds to the growing list of alien planets orbiting distant stars.


The newly-discovered alien world Qatar-1b orbits an orange type K star 550 light-years from Earth. Qatar-1b is a gas giant 20 percent larger than Jupiter in diameter and 10 percent more massive. It circles its star once every 1.4 days, meaning that its "year" is just 34 hours long. (Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA))

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For the second time in a week, astronomers yesterday announced the discovery of a Jupiter-like planet around a distant star, and they say this one could be part of a planetary system more similar to the Sun's than any yet discovered.

The discovery was described at a conference on extra-solar planets at the Carnegie Institution in Washington. The team was led by Dr. Michel Mayor of the University of Geneva, who was primarily responsible for the first extra-solar planet find in 1995.

NewYork times

Wow...We are finding new planets constantly these days...Just last week there was an announcement of a similar find.I am happy to say we are living in great times.With the new tech. and telescopes we have developed,implemented we have now been able to scour the far reaches of our own solar system,galaxy and beyond.The year 2010 alone has been incredibly filled with new scientific & astrological discoveries.It is an unprecedented era that we find our very existence presently at hand
How can you not be the least bit excited and/or Inquisitive!!!

posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 03:59 PM
Nice find, thanks for sharing

posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 04:31 PM
"scientists announced that the Sun, the Moon, our planet and its siblings, were not born into the familiar band of stars known as the Milky Way galaxy, but we actually belong to a strange formation with the unfamiliar name of the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy!"

Is it possible that the sudden increase in discovery of new planets -in addition to our new advanced telescopes of course- could be due to such interaction between the two galaxies?

posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 05:13 PM
reply to post by angelonholiday

yes!! arent we currently moving towards or merging with another solar system??

posted on Dec, 18 2010 @ 04:33 AM
reply to post by NWOnoworldorder

To answer your question to the best of my ability and knowledge,I know that we are moving through the universe as we speak so...It is not completely improbable that we may someday merge with another galaxy.
We are still infants when it comes to overall knowledge pertaining to the universe!(parallel universes/dimensions/black holes not to mention) anything is possible.

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