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September 21, 2011

Fifty New Exoplanets Discovered

I found an article discussing that astronomers using a telescope in Chile found fifty new exoplanets. Of these planets there are 16 "super earths" which are planets with a mass much greater than earths but not as big as Gas Giants like Jupiter. It is very exciting because one of these super earths is in the habitable zone and we have been discussing the importance of this zone in recent classes. These planets will be studied more to figure out their atmospheres and other characteristics to figure out if they are good candidates for possible life.
Here is a website with the full article written by Paul Rincon:

Posted by ouellbre at September 21, 2011 11:02 PM


This is a very interesting article. It seems like we're hearing about new exoplanets more and more everyday that are in or near the habitable zone. Our pace of discovery is getting faster and faster! I'm excited!

Posted by: morejill at September 21, 2011 11:43 PM

This is so interesting. I just posted an article about some online users of the Planet Hunters project finding two possible exoplanets. Though those planets aren't in the habitable zone it's still a pretty interesting discovery. With projects like that it seems like more and more discovers like the one in this article are gonna keep happening everyday.

Posted by: damiikwe at September 24, 2011 07:36 PM

Things like this fascinate me because they make me wonder how much is really out there that we don't know about. Learning about a plethora of new "super-earths" makes our own earth seem incredibly minuscule in the scheme of things.

Posted by: dhurvitz at September 25, 2011 10:29 PM

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