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Youngest Exoplanet Discovered 16

astroengine writes "We know that the planets in our solar system were born from a dusty disk surrounding the sun billions of years ago; wouldn't it be amazing if we could see another star system going through the birthing throes of this protoplanetary phase? Today, a team of astronomers using the awesome power of the twin 10-meter Keck Telescopes atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, have announced just that. Meet "LkCa 15 b", the youngest proto(exo)planet ever observed."
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Youngest Exoplanet Discovered

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  • Look for life! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Oswald McWeany ( 2428506 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @04:19PM (#37766576)

    Perhaps this is where SETI should be looking for life.

    Not on the planet- but observing the planet.

    Planet formation is bound to attract the interest of sentient life. Wouldn't be too unexpected if nearby there is sentient life that they have seen it too and have sent a probe.

    If we had the technology- I bet we would send a probe there... so other sentient life might too.

    Of course- if that probe is communicating back to the home-world, chances are any signal it sends back won't be pointing in our direction so we may not be able to intercept the communication anyway.

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.