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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: May 18 2006,16:11   

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3217961/

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May 18, 2006 | 9:40 p.m. ET
An army of planet hunters: A team of professional and amateur astronomers has detected a Jupiter-scale planet circling a sunlike star 600 light-years from Earth, using off-the-shelf equipment that's within the financial reach of thousands of stargazers.

The detection, made using a linked pair of 200mm telephoto camera lenses, adds to the list of more than 190 extrasolar planets. But even more importantly, the XO telescope project signals that legions of high-end hobbyists could well join the search for other worlds.

"The discovery suggests that a fleet of modest telescopes and the help of amateur astronomers can search for transiting extrasolar planets many times faster than we are now," the leader of the research team, Peter McCullough of the Space Telescope Science Institute, said in today's announcement of the find.

   
bourgeois_rage



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(Permalink) Posted: May 19 2006,02:25   

Thanks for pointing me at this. Great stuff. I've been a big fan of decentralized algorithms, and stuff like this just blows the mind. Scalability is a fine thing.

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: May 19 2006,04:26   

Good lord, I had no idea they'd found 190 extrasolar planets. I didn't think the number was that big. I assume they're all Jupiter or Saturn-like in size?

I remember taking college astronomy in the early '80s, when they were still saying they hadn't found any extrasolar planets yet, because they were too small and hard to see.

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ToSeek



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(Permalink) Posted: May 19 2006,05:09   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ May 19 2006,09:26)
Good lord, I had no idea they'd found 190 extrasolar planets. I didn't think the number was that big. I assume they're all Jupiter or Saturn-like in size?

Most of them are Jupiter-size are larger, but some are as small as Neptune. I think that's about the limit right now.

  
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