Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fifty New Exo planets Discovered by HARPS

Big news - 50 new planets discovered recently discovered. With each discovery the probability of intelligent life in the universe goes up exponentially:

Astronomers using ESO’s world-leading exoplanet hunter HARPS have today announced a rich haul of more than 50 new exoplanets, including 16 super-Earths, one of which orbits at the edge of the habitable zone of its star. By studying the properties of all the HARPS planets found so far, the team has found that about 40% of stars similar to the Sun have at least one planet lighter than Saturn.

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