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  • Even when we discover the smallest one so far, it's still bigger than us.

    Hi guys, so NASA has discovered a new planet, and this one is the first confirmed rocky planet and it's the smallest alien planet we have discovered.

    Even with that it's still bigger than Earth, which is what I meant with the title.
    NASA has yet to confirmed that Gliese 581g, if you remember I posted a article on Gliese 581g and it was all over the TV. It was the planet that is believed to be just like Earth but bigger, and it's in the Goldie locks zone.

    Anyways here is the article on the new confirmed planet, and the link.


    SEATTLE – NASA has discovered the smallest planet ever seen beyond our solar system – a rocky world just 1.4 times larger than Earth – using its planet-hunting Kepler observatory.

    The planet, called Kepler-10b, is also the first rocky alien planet to be confirmed by NASA's Kepler mission using data collected between May 2009 and early January 2010. But, while Kepler-10b is a rocky world, it is not located in the so-called habitable zone – a region in a planetary system where liquid water can potentially exist on the planet's surface.

    "Kepler-10b is the smallest exoplanet discovered to date, and the first unquestionably rocky planet orbiting a star outside our solar system," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler's deputy science team leader at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., at a press conference here at the 217th American Astronomy Society meeting. "It's an important milestone for our team, and I think it's an important milestone for humanity," said Batalha, who also led the study that discovered the newfound world. The research will appear in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

    Kepler-10b is the latest in the growing legion of extrasolar planets scientists are discovering around alien stars. To date, more than 500 exoplanets have been confirmed.

    Small, rocky world

    Kepler-10b orbits its parent star once every 0.84 days, which means it is more than 20 times closer to its star than Mercury is to our sun, which places it outside the parameters of the habitable zone.

    Kepler-10 is located about 560 light-years away and is approximately the same size as our sun. The star's age is estimated to be 8 billion years old.
    There is more info at the site, this is just a brief part of it.
    http://www.space.com/10592-smallest-...ered-nasa.html

    So, what do you think?
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    Sounds like a great place to go if you want a tan!

    It is cool that they are finding all these planets and all this variety in our universe.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • #3
      Pics or it didn't happen

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 12and4 View Post
        Pics or it didn't happen
        There likely taking pictures of it as we speak, most of them are infrared our thermal.

        So even if I so you a picture all you will see is a white ball or a multi-color ball.
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