16 Super Earth Like Planets Found


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While browsing CNN.com I came across an article that I found quite interesting. According to the article, The European Southern Observatory has just announced that they have found more than 50 exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets that lay outside of our solar system. And out of those planets discovered there appear to be 16 super-Earths. Super-Earths are planets whose mass is between one and ten of that of our planet. According to the article, out of all these planets discovered, there  seems to be a most likely canidate for habitable planet and this planet is going by the name of HD 85512 b. What we do know about the planet is that it is 3.6 times the size of earth and it about 35 light years away from Earth.

How exciting! Does this mean that we have finally found another habitable planet?!?! Unfortunately, we cannot tell as of now because there is still much exploration to be done. But from what scientists can observe about its location tells us that the planet could be in the right location with its star and could possibly have liquid water.

How incredible would it be for us to discover signs of life on another planet in the 21st century? It seems like topics like these can only be relevant in the movies or on cartoons but the possibility actually exists. Out of all the planets that we have already discovered, who is to say that it is implausible that their is life somewhere else? According to NASA, there have been 564 planets found outside of our solar system, not including the 50 that have just been discovered. Since we have already found nearly 600 planets I belive the search for life in the universe will continue. Hopefully, in our lifetime scientists will discover life existing somewhere else in the universe. Then we will know that we aren't alone in the universe afterall.

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An fascinating discovery. I would think it raises questions like the obvious "is there life pre-existing on this planet" to the less obvious like "is this a stepping stone to further habitable world"? Discoveries like this have resounding questions raised, unfortunately the one little snag is we still have to get to the planet.

Sweet blog entry, Todd! Topics like this definitely make me believe that space is the final frontier. Though, it makes me question if our technology will ever be advanced enough to really give us the chance to explore it. Since the planet HD 85512 b is 35 light years away from us, and 1 light year is approximately 6 trillion miles away...will we ever actually be able to explore these planets that seem "habitable?" On that note, I am also really curious about how gravity would affect the way of living since this planet is 3.6 times greater than earth. The possibilities of space as well as the questions that come along with it seem endless!

That is a really awesome article to stumble upon! I am fascinated by the fact that there could possibly be life on other planets, and to think that this could be the case does seem like a movie. I look forward to hearing more about what is found on this planet as further research is done by NASA. Science fiction films and books depicting another habitable planet may soon become a reality. Pretty cool, and maybe a little scary too.

That is a really awesome article to stumble upon! I am fascinated by the fact that there could possibly be life on other planets, and to think that this could be the case does seem like a movie. I look forward to hearing more about what is found on this planet as further research is done by NASA. Science fiction films and books depicting another habitable planet may soon become a reality. Pretty cool, and maybe a little scary too.

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