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Astronomers Discover 60 New Planets Including 'Super Earth' (nypost.com) 38

schwit1 quotes a report from New York Post: An international team of astronomers has found 60 new planets orbiting stars close to Earth's solar system, including a rocky "super Earth." The experts also found evidence of an additional 54 planets, bringing the potential discovery of new worlds to 114. One planet in particular, Gliese 411b, has been generating plenty of attention. Described as a "hot super Earth with a rocky surface," Gliese 411b is located in the fourth-nearest star system to the Sun, making it the third-nearest planetary system to the Sun, according to the U.K.'s University of Hertfordshire, which participated in the research. Gliese 411b (also known as GJ 411b or Lalande 21185) orbits the star Gliese 411 (or GJ 411). Despite the "super Earth" label, Dr. Mikko Tuomi from University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Astrophysics told Fox News that Gliese 411b is too hot for life to exist on its surface. The 60 new planets are found orbiting stars that are mostly some 20 to 300 light years away, according to Tuomi. The discoveries are based on observations taken over 20 years by U.S. astronomers using the Keck-I telescope in Hawaii as part of the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey. During the course of the research, scientists obtained almost 61,000 observations of 1,600 stars, which are now available to the public.
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Astronomers Discover 60 New Planets Including 'Super Earth'

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  • by hcs_$reboot ( 1536101 ) on Thursday February 16, 2017 @06:06AM (#53878815)
    Provided that the Universe has at least 100 bn galaxies which have an estimated average of 100 bn of stars each, that's 10^22 stars. We will not run out of planets anytime soon.
  • Planet hunters (Score:3, Interesting)

    by wolfheart111 ( 2496796 ) on Thursday February 16, 2017 @06:10AM (#53878817)
    During the course of the research, scientists obtained almost 61,000 observations of 1,600 stars, which are now available to the public. Have a go at it. https://www.planethunters.org/ [planethunters.org] Ready to discover new worlds?
  • It's the perfect website for catching up on all the news that was published elsewhere a few days ago.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 16, 2017 @07:14AM (#53878913)

      With all due respect then why even come here let alone bother to leave a comment. Since I don't bother going to a ton of websites everyday this article regardless of how many days ago it was posted is still interesting.

      I find such comments petty and a bit middle school in nature.

    • It's the perfect website for catching up on all the news that was published elsewhere a few days ago.

      Yeah but frankly you come here for a reason, hmmm?

      • It used to be that comments here were 'smarter' on average, but that's long since gone. Now the user base is just as ignorant and childish on average as everywhere else... but still slightly less toxic than other sites.

        That's why I am here, anyway. I don't need or want a site tailored to encourage group think or hate posting because those things tend to keep eyeballs near the ads longer.

        Catching day-old reposts and dealing with a clunky posting and comment system is an acceptable price to pay.

    • by Maritz ( 1829006 )
      See ya
    • Ha! True, but I don't mind. I often tab-open several articles at once and it may take me a week to get around to them. Win-win!

  • by Z80a ( 971949 ) on Thursday February 16, 2017 @08:29AM (#53879065)

    Is like earth, but better on every sense? like having a super sundae instead of regular sundaes or a super intel that runs their processors at 20 Ghz because they use the super silicon?
    And most importantly, do they name everything super (something)?

    • by Ihlosi ( 895663 )
      Is like earth, but better on every sense?

      It's certainly bigger than Earth.

      And most importantly, do they name everything super (something)?

      Of course not. To them, their planet is normal Earth, and they call our planet sub-Earth. Or dwarf Earth.

    • The original earth was 8-bit. Superearth is the 16-bit version.
    • by Curunir_wolf ( 588405 ) on Thursday February 16, 2017 @10:11AM (#53879401) Homepage Journal

      The only way it's "like earth" is that it's a planet. It's way hotter than earth, much larger (thus the "super" adjective), closer to its star, etc. These astronomers really have an extremely wide brush they use when calling a planet "earth like". Oh, and guess what - the star it was orbiting is "sun-like". Sounds great! When can we go?

      • Indeed. I think it's telling that if we could clone our solar system, stick it many light years away, and astronomers were able to detect Venus from this distance it'd be the most Earth-like planet we've ever found.

        It's rocky, close to the same size and mass, same type of star as Earth's, and it's right on the inner edge of the star's habitable zone . . . yet being able to make direct observations we know that Venus is a hellish rock with no chance to harbor life.

        Don't get TOO excited when we find "Earth-l

    • It's yuuuuuge.

    • by T.E.D. ( 34228 )
      It's just like the regular earth, except it wears a cape, and can only be mined for minerals using kryptonite drill bits.
    • It would be interesting to know how many years/centuries/millenia old is this super earth? Does it have life on it, and how populated is it? If it's underpopulated, could it be a place that, say, half the earth's population could go to?

  • Future earth sound like a better name.
  • The universe is an electromagnetic universe. The physics in space and planetary bodies work very similar to that of magnets in zero gravity. This is why the Earth itself has a magnetic field. It's why the Earth has a northern and southern pole which are magnetically negative and positive. It's why all the planets in this universe align precisely at the equator of the sun, despite how far apart they are. The universe is electromagnetic.

    Gravity is an electromagnetic force. The larger the object, the stronger

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