Monday, June 21, 2010
Science is Cool: Hundreds of "Earth Like" Planets Found
I've found it very difficult to get back into the blogging swing after a lazy weekend. Politics just isn't doing it for me today. So, how about a little sciencey stuff to get our week going? It's not polarizing, it's not controversial. . .unless you start to wonder about any religious implications should one of those planets have life on it. Don't worry though, I'm sure our current religions would adapt to it, or a whole new one would spring up, right?
Hundreds of Possible Alien Planets Discovered By NASA Spacecraft
NASA's Kepler spacecraft hunting for Earth-like planets around other stars has found 706 candidates for potential alien worlds while gazing at more than 156,000 stars packed into a single patch of the sky.
If all 706 of these objects pass the stringent follow-up tests to determine if they are actually planets, and not false alarms, they could nearly triple the current number of known extrasolar planets. They were announced as part of a huge release of data from the mission's first 43 days by NASA's Kepler science team this week. . .
Read more at: Yahoo News