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Monday, June 13, 2005

Earth's Bigger Brother

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The most Earth-like of all 155 so-called extrasolar planets found orbiting stars besides our sun, the newly unveiled planet is probably rocky like Earth, rather than big and gassy like Jupiter and most other extrasolar planets discovered in the past decade, the scientists said at a briefing...

"It's like Earth's bigger cousin," Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington said in a statement accompanying the announcement. Butler is a member of the team that found the planet.

This is great news for astronomers as it shows that they are honing their skills and creating the technology to find earth like worlds. Unfortunately this world is much too hot for any future life form to land on, being only 2 million miles away from it's sun and orbiting the star once every two days.

Photo from Reuters

This planet according to scientists may resemble Venus or simply be just as barren as Mercury. As more of these earth-like worlds are discovered, mankinds imagination of "what is out there" will continue to expand and grow. If one is interested in finding out how many known solar systems exist outside of our own, one simply can visit Planet Quest which has an interactive feature revealing information on not only the worlds out there, but the stars they orbit as well.

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Hey, it could produce life. Maybe even similar to you! Little Darnellians! Well, sir, I love space, along with meteorology, and I hope one day we find a planet like that of Earth. Until then, see you in the future!

By Anonymous Dr. Blizzard, at 9:43 PM EDT  

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