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European Observatory to Make 'Major' Alien Planet Announcement Monday

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posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:40 PM
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A European observatory will announce what it describes as "major" alien planet findings on Monday (Sept. 12).

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) Monday to "report significant new results in the field of exoplanets," ESO officials said in a media alert.

The results were obtained with the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher instrument, better known as HARPS, officials said. HARPS is a spectrograph on ESO's 11.8-foot (3.6-meter) telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile. [The Strangest Alien Planets]

Participating in the press conference will be:
Francesco Pepe, Geneva Observatory, Switzerland
Lisa Kaltenegger, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Markus Kissler-Patig or Joe Liske, ESO

Kissler-Patig or Liske will discuss the future of exoplanet research with ESO's European Extremely Large Telescope, ESO officials said. This instrument will be the world's largest telescope, boasting a 129-foot (39.3-meter) main mirror. It will be built on Chile's Cerro Armazones mountain, and could begin operations by early in the next decade.

ESO didn't give any further details about what Pepe and Kaltenegger will discuss. Both scientists are actively involved in the search for potentially habitable alien planets — those on which liquid water, and perhaps life as we know it, could exist.

According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, astronomers have discovered 564 confirmed alien planets to date, with more than 1,000 more candidate worlds suggested by data from the Kepler space observatory.


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What do you think? Perhaps a habitable planet has been discovered.




posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:44 PM
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They'll say they discovered that one day they might find the possibility of water or water like elements on planetary bodies.

Oh ya!!



posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:44 PM
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Thanks for the heads up - I will be watching with interest. It seems we keep getting little bits and pieces of official info at a faster and faster clip. It could be interesting.



posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:47 PM
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HERE LET ME SAVE YOU THE TIME AND POST MONDAY'S HEADLINE



Alien planet Nibiru is real and going to destroy us all Tuesday.

Have a nice day!





posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:47 PM
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Ditto! Thanks for the heads up on this. Sometimes these sorts of press conferences can be a bit exaggerated, but still, it will be interesting to keep an eye out for what the announcement is. Thanks!



posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:50 PM
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Quite often what is a big deal to astronomers and planetary scientists isn't necessarily a big deal to the general public.

I shall remain cautiously optimistic.



posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:54 PM
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European Extremely Large Telescope


Am I the only one that finds this name rather uninspired?



posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:54 PM
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It'll be another yawn fest. I guarantee no pants will be crapped and no heads will asplode.



posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:55 PM
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Originally posted by pirhanna
They'll say they discovered that one day they might find the possibility of water or water like elements on planetary bodies.

Oh ya!!


This.
2nd line of thisness.



posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 11:55 PM
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alien planet?

arent all other planets extraterrestrial??



posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 12:08 AM
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What do you think? Perhaps a habitable planet has been discovered.


There already have been a small number of highly probable "Earth like" and habitable planets discovered. Their research is about exactly this, as far as i can guess.

I am guessing that the press conference MIGHT be about that they found even more Earth like planets and/or that the number of such habitable planets is far higher than expected.

So..while such news would not be "sensational" or headlines worthy for the mainstream media - from another point of view it WOULD be sensational since it simply means there are many planets out there like ours!

Edit: Reading again and seeing them mentioning the spectograph, you could be correct that the finding is about that they discovered water on some/many planets - which again means a likelihood for life.
edit on 11-9-2011 by flexy123 because: (no reason given)



posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 12:10 AM
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Well so far anything is possible. They've already found a planet made of diamond and an 'invisible' planet.

My guess is that it's probably a planet that tells dirty jokes.



posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 12:22 AM
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I will probably tune in but after being duped by NASA's media alerts about 'alien' findings, I will be unexcited. Lets see if the ESO can prevent a bore-fest and give us some juicy new science.



posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 12:34 AM
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So what do you expect them to say?
"Yaek..Nibiru is real and you are all doomed. By the way we are getting to the Ark"?


Its something about a planet that could harbor life or something along that line. Like we have heard time and again.

But one thing is sure..they are making the public anxious every time they discover something.
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posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 01:44 AM
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Are we hiring scientists or publicists?

Out with it, because it's not revolutionary or a breakthrough if you have to wait till monday, real discoveries are worth the overtime pay!




posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 11:39 AM
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That telescope sounds like a beast 40m mirror!!



posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 12:09 PM
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Originally posted by Domo1

European Extremely Large Telescope


Am I the only one that finds this name rather uninspired?

Hmmmm.....Generic
Its certainly not the Vaticans'



posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 12:25 PM
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Wake me up when they get a signal from there, maybe an extra terrestrial I love lucy re-run, than I will be excited, all this we found a planet that might be in the Goldilocks zone that could plausibly have water on it is BS.



posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 01:03 PM
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maybe it's just coincidence
but this particular announcement seems to be being played up everywhere i go.
more than usual for a press conference about astronomy?



posted on Sep, 11 2011 @ 01:04 PM
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The announcement from ESO is slightly different.


ESO to hold virtual press conference to discuss major HARPS exoplanet findings


It's a virtual press conference, and only the press was contacted, so I guess it's nothing really special.




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