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Major Scientific Discovery - Extrasolar planet announcement 25 Jan 18:00 GMT

  1. Jan 25, 2006 #1
    http://television.esa.int/default.cfm

    Anyone with some inside information?
     
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  4. Jan 26, 2006 #3

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    http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060123/full/060123-5.html

    Some blog discussion:
    http://scienceblogs.com/principles/2006/01/a_new_life_awaits_you_in_the_o.php


    Clear explanation of technique here:
    http://cosmicvariance.com/2006/01/25/general-relativity-as-a-tool/


    BBC article here:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4647142.stm
     
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  6. Feb 9, 2006 #5

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    Well, I wouldn't call it 'Earth-like', except that it is 'small' compared to Jupiter, Saturn, and the majority of exosolar planets yet discovered.

    It has a mass 5-5.5 times that of Earth, it orbits a red dwarf (smaller and cooler than the sun), and its period about that parent star is 10 years! Not quite Earth-like, IMO.

    Another story link - http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3551543a10,00.html

    from the BBC on-line article. Definitely not earth-like.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2006 #6
    Astronuc, I think what they mean is, that it’s the most Earth-like planet so far discovered. And going by the criteria of what constitutes an Earth-like planet, it may be the closest approximation we have for some time, now the TPF has been deferred indefinitely.
     
  8. Feb 10, 2006 #7
    How do they know it has a solid surface? It could be a smaller gaseous planet like Uranus or Neptune.
     
  9. Feb 21, 2006 #8

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    How would gravity on this planet's surface compare to earth's
     
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