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Originally posted by ArMaP
Originally posted by Nikola014
It depends on how do you see it.
I don't think this is "huge", because if it was I don't think they would have only a "virtual" press conference, they would have a real, physical, press conference.
If you're an astronomer,this could be a really huge and exiting news.
No, I do not want to hear that they discovered Nibiru.
But if you want to hear that they discovered Nibiru then you will probably be disappointed after this conference.
Originally posted by awful021
Looks like they discovered another potential earth-like planet:
Their method involves determining the planet's albedo (its reflectivity) and calculating how much energy per unit area it receives from its star. The more starlight a planet reflects, the more likely that it has a cloudy atmosphere.
Astronomers have previously discovered 564 confirmed alien planets, with roughly 1,200 additional candidate worlds under investigation based on data from the Kepler space observatory, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
"In the coming ten to twenty years we should have the first list of potentially habitable planets in the Sun's neighbourhood. Making such a list is essential before future experiments can search for possible spectroscopic signatures of life in the exoplanet atmospheres," concludes Michel Mayor, who discovered the first-ever exoplanet around a normal star in 1995.
Originally posted by BIGPoJo
Not if they find trace gases in an exoplanet that could only be the result of industrialization.