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“This planet is a complete mystery,” says astronomer David Latham of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). “We don’t know how it formed or how it got to where it is today. What we do know is that it’s not going to last forever.”
Colleague Dimitar Sasselov said: “Kepler-78b is going to end up in the star very soon, astronomically speaking. It couldn’t have formed in place because you can’t form a planet inside a star. It couldn’t have formed further out and migrated inward, because it would have migrated all the way into the star. This planet is an enigma.”
Dr Ken Rice, of the University of Edinburgh said: “Although this planet is clearly too hot to support life, it is still very exciting to now be discovering planets that are not only similar in mass to the Earth, but also similar in composition.”
reply to post by Aliensun
It must have felt great watching that unfold, I think it is totally different for us 'youngens' who were not around to see it, we can appreciate it yes, but we have not yet shared an experience of something so monumental and outstanding happening in our lifetime. To most younger folk Man stepping foot on the moon is just a great feat for humanity in a history book.
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Yeah I suppose its a personal thing, for me nothing can equal man stepping foot on another planet, bar finding intelligent alien life I suppose
"Shouldn't exist" lol. I love it when scientists get all huffy and indignant because the universe defies their primitive, glorified ape-like understanding of how it works.
The truth of it is, we've only been engaged in "science" for a few hundred years. There's a lot we're going to be flat-out wrong about. The arrogance is comically sad.