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scientists discover neptune sized planet 20.5 ly from earth

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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
17 years 2 months ago #19326

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So now we know were E.T. went :lol:
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Replied by Keith g on topic Re:

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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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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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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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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their fleet will be sent to rezone the earth.


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



the only question is how many brown envelopes it takes ;) ?.
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I just wonder how long it takes the post to get there from here? hmmm......
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