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Astronomers have announced a haul of planets found beyond our Solar System.
The 32 "exoplanets" ranged in size from five times the mass of Earth to 5-10 times the mass of Jupiter, the researchers said.
They were found using a very sensitive instrument on a 3.6m telescope at the European Southern Observatory's La Silla facility in Chile.
The discovery is exciting because it suggests that low-mass planets could be numerous in our galaxy.
"From [our] results, we know now that at least 40% of solar-type stars have low-mass planets. This is really important because it means that
What's very interesting is that models are predicting them, and we are finding them; and furthermore the models are predicting even more lower-mass planets like the Earth."
Originally posted by Quantum_Squirrel
i would like to see an earth like planet discovered in my life time .. that would be enough confirmation for me.
Here, this may interest you if you have not already know of its existence.
First Habitable Earthlike Planet Found
Originally posted by theukman
It does seem we are being drip fed the truth. What I dont get is why would a planet have to hold water and oxygen for life to be sustained? All the stuff we believe may not be the answer on other planets. I think science is selfish to think "well life must have to have these cetain conditions to live because we need them". Other beings may be able to exist on many different conditions, I dont believe that life will only be found on planets like earth, but it may be the best place to look first.
Originally posted by lucentenigma
Every time I look up at the stars at night I ponder how many civilizations are out there and that someone on a planet may be gazing back at me wondering the same thing.
I long for the day we find out we are not alone.
i feel like i am being drip fed the truth.
Originally posted by Sacrosanct
... plants don't need oxygen (they produce it) instead they need CO2.