Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Planets

European astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop. Scientists using the European Southern Observatory telescope didn't find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400.

Six of the newly found planets are several times bigger than Earth, increasing the population of so-called super-Earths by more than 30 percent. Most planets discovered so far are far bigger, Jupiter-sized or even larger.;_ylt=Aoq5s7K3rpkIppeTncMRNTUPLBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTJqYWRpZ28xBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMDIwL3VzX3NjaV9uZXdfcGxhbmV0cwRjcG9zAzMEcG9zAzYEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDYW5hcnRpc3QzOXNy

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