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Astronomers find planet in Texas! :)

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jul 10, 2004 12:01 pm

Houston Chronicle:
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mp ... an/2670974
DALLAS -- Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a
star in the constellation Orion.

They used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in West Texas to capture
the 123rd planet known beyond the solar system. Planet hunting
is one of astronomy's hottest fields.

"This will be the first of many planets coming out of the HET,"
said William Cochran, an astronomer at the University of Texas at
Austin and leader of the research team.

The planet orbits a star called HD 37605, near the bright star
Betelgeuse, The Dallas Morning News reported in Thursday's
online edition.
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Re: Astronomers find planet in Texas! :)

Post by tamiO » Sat Jul 10, 2004 2:08 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Houston Chronicle:
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mp ... an/2670974
DALLAS -- Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a
star in the constellation Orion.

They used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in West Texas to capture
the 123rd planet known beyond the solar system.
Wheee! I didn't know where that headline would take me. A new planet found in Texas?!?! Then I thought the article said it's the 123rd planet found in our solar system. :D Now I see and all is cool in my universe again.

Do you think saying Betelgeuse three times to a troll will make him disappear?

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jul 10, 2004 2:50 pm

They found the planet by noticing the star wiggling.

Isn't that how the Academy Awards are decided? :P
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Post by tamiO » Sat Jul 10, 2004 3:53 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:They found the planet by noticing the star wiggling.

Isn't that how the Academy Awards are decided? :P
And a collective groan was heard from the group. :lol:

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Post by Quester_X » Sat Jul 10, 2004 4:20 pm

Do you think saying Betelgeuse three times to a troll will make him disappear?
Though I know I should be wary
Still I summon something scary
Ghosts and monsters I turn loose
Beetlejuice! BEETLEJUICE! BEETLEJUICE!

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Post by Pyrrho » Sat Jul 10, 2004 5:47 pm

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Post by Sock » Sun Jul 11, 2004 1:59 am

I read an article recently in either Discover or Scientific American about planet hunting. I read both magazines which is why I can't recall which one.

Anyway, they said that the planets that have all been found so far are very large planets because smaller planets don't introduce enough "wobble" on their sun to be noticeable from here. But someone has come up with another idea to look at the dust in a planetary system and see if there is a trail left behind by the path of a planet. This will enable them to find smaller planets.
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Post by Sock » Sun Jul 11, 2004 2:03 am

It was SciAm. Here is a link.

Unfortunately, that isn't the whole article. It's a teaser. I've been able to find entire SciAm articles online before (just last week, in fact, to check a typo in their print version), but this one doesn't seem to be available without cost.
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Post by Sock » Sun Jul 11, 2004 2:15 am

This appears to be a source article, but is not what appeared in SciAm:

http://rst.gsfc.nasa.gov/Sect20/A11.html

It does cover what appeared in SciAm, and then some.
So far, no planet has actually been seen, being too small to be detected optically using present day technology, but the existence of such low-luminosity bodies can be deduced from their interactions with their parent star. Almost all discovered so far are large - Jupiter-sized or greater - and are gas balls.
Theory indicates that, in the earlier stages of planetary formation, some number of broad rings should develop at various distances around the central star. One or more of these would appear as torus like glowing collections of dust and gases.
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Post by wollery » Mon Jul 12, 2004 11:42 am

They're now searching for intelligent life in Texas.

No luck so far. :D
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Jul 12, 2004 12:18 pm

wollery wrote:They're now searching for intelligent life in Texas.

No luck so far. :D
Sez you! Smart enough to whip your, as they say in Austin, tush!

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