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Scientists announce planet bounty

Astronomers have announced a haul of planets found beyond our Solar System.

The 32 "exoplanets" ranged in size from five times the mass of Earth to 5-10 times the mass of Jupiter, the researchers said.

They were found using a very sensitive instrument on a 3.6m telescope at the European Southern Observatory's La Silla facility in Chile.

The discovery is exciting because it suggests that low-mass planets could be numerous in our galaxy.

"From [our] results, we know now that at least 40% of solar-type stars have low-mass planets. This is really important because it means that low-mass planets are everywhere, basically," explained Stephane Udry from Geneva University, Switzerland.

"What's very interesting is that models are predicting them, and we are finding them; and furthermore the models are predicting even more lower-mass planets like the Earth."

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Added: Oct-19-2009 Occurred On: Oct-19-2009
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  • CAN WE GO ALREADY?? Crank up the ion engines and lets get the fuck off this crowded rock already!

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    • God only made those planets for us to look at and have dominion over, not to actually travel to. Silly head!

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    • manifest destiny

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    • [deGrasse Tyson]
      We are all connected;
      To each other, biologically
      To the earth, chemically
      To the rest of the universe atomically

      [Sagan]
      The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it
      But the way those atoms are put together
      The cosmos is also within us
      We%u2019re made of star stuff
      We are a way for the cosmos to know itself

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    • My dominion will be established by proximity. Therefore, I must now go there as I have already claimed the earth as my own.

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  • 400 hundreds planets discovered just inside our own galaxy so far, there are 100 billion more galaxies to scan for planets once we are done with ours. there is going to be no end in sight as to how many planets there actually may be. I guess it gives us something to do.

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  • Hmmm. 5 times Earth's mass. Its possible they have actually just idenitified my penis.

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  • nice Job...the Chileans sky are one of the best of the world for this kind of discovery

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