NASA's Hubble Discovers Extrasolar Planet Across Our Galaxy

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toymaker

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http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=20919<br /><br />NASA hosts a science update at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 4, to discuss a Hubble Space Telescope discovery of extrasolar planet candidates orbiting a variety of distant stars. The update will be in the NASA Headquarters Auditorium, 300 E Street S.W.<br />
 
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http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/2006/34/<br />NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered 16 extrasolar planet candidates orbiting a variety of distant stars in the central region of our Milky Way galaxy.<br /><br />The planet bonanza was uncovered during a Hubble survey, called the Sagittarius Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search (SWEEPS). Hubble looked farther than has ever successfully been searched for extrasolar planets. Hubble peered at 180,000 stars in the crowded central bulge of our galaxy 26,000 light-years away or one-quarter the diameter of the Milky Way's spiral disk. The results will appear in the Oct. 5 issue of the journal Nature.
 
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5stone10

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Interesting - so NASA is planning on competing overtly with Marcy and Butler?
 
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With Hubble, they certainly have the tool to compete. Now if they would re-attempt to image something much closer in. Hearing this news, I wonder why Hubble has not been able to image an extra-solar planet by now. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><strong>My borrowed quote for the time being:</strong></p><p><em>There are three kinds of people in life. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen...and those who do not know what happened.</em></p> </div>
 
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Like the number of small solar system bodies, the number is increasing very quickly.<br />I don't have a good estimate, but I would think near 200 using all the different methods. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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green_meklar

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Wikipedia lists 209 so far. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>________________</p><p>Repent! Repent! The technological singularity is coming!</p> </div>
 
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You have planets for all tastes...<br /><br />WASP 1b and WASP 2<br />Astronomers ID hottest ever extra solar planets<br />The planets have been dubbed Wasp-1a and Wasp-1b.<br />The planets are about the same size as Jupiter, but their orbits lie mere millions of kilometres from their stars, and take only days to complete. The intense solar radiation they endure is stripping them of their atmospheres, and heating them to temperatures of over 1,800°C.<br /><br />Sleuth' telescope snags a rare planet type<br />Of the nearly 200 extrasolar planets discovered so far, only 10 have been found transiting, or passing directly in front of, the host star. Such planets make especially valuable targets for astronomers because the starlight passing behind the planet can enable measurement of the planet's density and atmospheric makeup.<br /><br />Smallest extrasolar planet revealed by microlensing<br />Astrophysical Institute of Paris, France, has identified a planet that may be just 5.5 Earth masses. It appears to orbit a small star, called a red dwarf, which lies about 22,000 light years from the Sun.<br /><br />http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/space_time/extrasolar_planets/<br /><br />Hubble Finds Extrasolar Planets Far Across Galaxy
 
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erioladastra

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"NASA is planning on competing overtly with Marcy and Butler"<br /><br />NASA doesn't compete with anyone. Marcy and Butler are two among MANY astronomers using various techniques to detect planets. Other astronomers can propose time to use HST for THIER observations, or mine data taken by others once the proprietary period has expired.
 
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alokmohan

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New scientist article talks of a planet earth like.That is the latest.Any way score is 200 odd now.Mr.Hot Jupiter is highest scorer.
 
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starry_eyed_guy

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well great news <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /><br />
 
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