[ExI] Newly discovered planet may be first truly habitable exoplanet!

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 30 13:42:05 UTC 2010

I'm curious about one thing, because I only casually follow exoplanet research, 
but are there many repeat observations by others once a planet is detected? I 
mean, if someone detects a planet around X using one method (say, the doppler 
method), does another team follow up with another (say, transit)?



From: Darren Greer <darren.greer3 at gmail.com>
To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Thu, September 30, 2010 5:46:33 AM
Subject: Re: [ExI] Newly discovered planet may be first truly habitable 

On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 1:18 AM, John Grigg <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com> wrote:

"A team of planet hunters led by astronomers at the University of
>California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has
>announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet (three times the mass
>of Earth) orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely
>in the middle of the star's "habitable zone," where liquid water could
>exist on the planet's surface. If confirmed, this would be the most
>Earth-like exoplanet yet discovered and the first strong case for a
>potentially habitable one."

I woke up to this news on a local radio station this morning. I haven't got the 
NSF e-update yet today, but I look forward to reading what they have to say 
about it.


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