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01/26/2006 10:33 AM ID: 52467 Permalink   

Scientists Discover Smallest Earth-Like Planet

 

A team of astronomers have unveiled the discovery of the smallest, Earth-like planet ever discovered outside our solar system. The planet was found using the microlensing technique, is about 5 times the Earth’s mass and orbits a red dwarf star.

Professor Michael Bode, from a University in Liverpool, said: "This is the most Earth-like planet we have discovered to date, in terms of its mass and the distance from its parent star.”

However, scientists believe that the very cold temperatures on the planet are not condusive to life.

 
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  bah  
 
we have heaters. lets mine the hell out of that planet too. black gooooooollllddddd
 
  by: robplatt   01/26/2006 09:25 PM     
  robplatt  
 
I know you were kidding, but you do know where oil comes from don't you?
 
  by: slamdaddy     01/27/2006 08:52 AM     
  Supermans Home world  
 
maybe Krypton wasnt destroyed ??

hehe
 
  by: cybneo   01/28/2006 12:07 AM     
  Actually I believe  
 
a combination of teraforming and genetic human genome manipulation can make a ton of planets hospitable.
 
  by: LuxFestinus     01/28/2006 12:54 AM     
  @Festinus  
 
we can't even terraform our own planet out of entering the ice age and we are dying of cancer let alone terraforming another planet :)
 
  by: kmazzawi     01/28/2006 12:57 AM     
  just because  
 
these planets are too cold for humans they assume nothing is living on it..
 
  by: maddhatter   01/28/2006 04:44 AM     
  @maddhatter  
 
If we cannot live on that planet with that cold temperature, why would we care if there is a life on it? Sure..we can research on those living things and modify ourselves so we can survive on that planet. But hey, that won't happen.

We are way behind in space exploration, but not as much behind as we are in ocean exploration.
 
  by: b4u     01/28/2006 04:27 PM     
  The only problem now is,  
 
How the hell are we going to get there?
 
  by: CrisW   01/29/2006 01:22 AM     
  @b4u  
 
its not about if we can live on these planets its the fact of confirming there is life outside of our planet obviously there is but finding it is another task
 
  by: maddhatter   01/29/2006 02:58 PM     
  Fate  
 
I think Fate purposely made it so there was a ridiculas amount of space between two planets with life on it, so we'd only kill be able to kill off only one planet.
 
  by: DesertRebel   01/29/2006 04:12 PM     
  LOOK,,,  
 
there is life on earth and is the only planet that has life......why would they want to spend so much money on sumthing like that.....why cant we just use it to pay off some of the debts we have......
 
  by: :-x   02/03/2006 03:09 AM     
  @ :-x  
 
What an ignorant statement. How do you know that Earth is the only planet in this entire universe to contain life? Did you thoroughly check each one?

We have just discovered a new planet in our solar system not to mention how few planets we have found outside of it. We simply do not yet have the technology to confirm or deny extraterrestrial species yet, but the chances are overwhelmingly in favor for there being many.
 
  by: banshee9898     02/03/2006 03:26 AM     
 
 
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