NASA's planet-hunting telescope strikes it big, finds 715 new planets outside solar system

  • Article by: SETH BORENSTEIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 26, 2014 - 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON — Our galaxy is looking far more crowded and hospitable. NASA on Wednesday confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system.

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JsaVetFeb. 26, 14 2:15 PM

The actual number will be in the Trillions , hundreds of billion galaxys trillions of planets

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ciamanFeb. 26, 14 2:59 PM

The trick is that our Earth is right in the perfect spot to live for people like us. One percent futher and one closer will wipe us out. So just how many of those other planets will be just PERFECT for creatures like us, or for them? Not many planets will be absolutely pefect for us? Not many. And the other big problem ( not a challenge )is that the distance is so far away that it would take several generations to evern make it to the closest one! I do not think we are going to the stars, as the National Geograpic showed. But it is fun to dream.

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chop1234Feb. 26, 14 8:53 PM

Ciaman, one percent of 93million miles is 930,000. Considering Mars is at least 36 million miles from us and did have liquid water, and MAY have life now or in the past; I don't think it's that great a stretch to say that a one percent change in Earth's position further out may would not have "wiped us out". Conciveably evolution would have compensated for the change in distance. (though a one percent change may have meant that that there would have been no early planetary collision creating the moon, and that may have put a damper on the evolution of life on Earth). Venus is 26 million miles closer in, that still is a lot further than 930,000. Perhaps being 1 million miles closer to the Sun wouldn't have to mean being on a hot pressure cooker of a planet.

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