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scientists discover neptune sized planet 20.5 ly from earth

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18 years 7 months ago #19326 by stepryan
ladies and gents,
astronomers have discovered a planet 20.5 light years from earth orbiting a red dwarf, only the second such discovery.
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www.space.com/scienceastronomy/051130_small_planet.html

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18 years 7 months ago #19358 by dave_lillis
So now we know were E.T. went :lol:

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18 years 7 months ago #19367 by Keith g
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More and more keep getting discovered, whats frustrating though is that
1. Are these actually planets or even smaller brown/red dwarfs?
2. A lot of these (planets) orbit exceptionally close to these stars, is our solar system a freak?
3. Professional astronomers are so vague with coordinates for these stars, it wouls be nice for an amatuer to even just see the star, sometimes they make an announcement and don't even say what constellation it is in :evil:

I think our solar system is special and hopefully there is another one like ours out there somewhere?

Let's keep lookin' up!
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18 years 7 months ago #19403 by Seanie_Morris
Can you imagine if that planet had life, and we sent it a signal today, we'd only have to wait 41 years for a reply?? Most of us here would actually be around in our lifetimes to hear/see it!

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18 years 7 months ago #19416 by stepryan

Can you imagine if that planet had life, and we sent it a signal today, we'd only have to wait 41 years for a reply?? Most of us here would actually be around in our lifetimes to hear/see it!


as soon as they discover the first series of big brother in about 15 years or so, prepare for the end i tell you ;). their fleet will be sent to rezone the earth.
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18 years 7 months ago #19419 by Seanie_Morris

their fleet will be sent to rezone the earth.


And over there in that sector is the red car park... :lol:

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