Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Another Exoplanet

Too bad its too hot. USA Heute is reporting on a planet that circles its parent star every 20 hours—that's kind of fast, I think—but is so hot it can't sustain life. The difference is that it is a rocky planet:
This is a major discovery in the field of trying to find life elsewhere in the universe, said outside expert Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution. It was the buzz of a conference on finding an Earth-like planet outside our solar system, held in Barcelona, Spain, where the discovery was presented Wednesday morning. The find is also being published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

The planet is called Corot-7b. It was first discovered earlier this year. European scientists then watched it dozens of times to measure its density to prove that it is rocky like Earth. It's in our general neighborhood, circling a star in the winter sky about 500 light-years away. Each light-year is about 6 trillion miles.

Four planets in our solar system are rocky: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.
Oh well. Next time.

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  1. Anonymous12:41 PM

    Just noticed that Cornelius Hunter's blog, darwins-god.blogspot, is now accepting comments.
    I remember that you tried to get in contact with him a little while ago.

  2. I did. He did answer but his answer was condescending and did not address my concerns. I am formulating an answer to him. It is just taking more time than I would like.