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NASA views "funny tasting" planet

Posted on Monday, 26 April, 2010 | Comment icon 2 comments | News tip by: thefinalfrontier


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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has observed an extrasolar planet with a peculiar lack of methane.

The distant planet is about the size of Neptune and unlike most others planets observed to date it has no methane at all. The ultimate goal of the search is to find a small earth-like world with methane that could indicate the presence of life.

"NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered something odd about a distant planet -- it lacks methane, an ingredient common to many of the planets in our solar system."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by ROGER on 27 April, 2010, 20:23
I know that some of the brightest minds in the World work on finding these exo-planets. But the extremes that are being used to do the work makes me think that a lot of mistakes should be expected. The observations and Artists renditions are fabulous and thought provoking , but we may find in the future that the readings were misinterpreted. I guess the Skeptic in me makes me question the results.
Comment icon #2 Posted by thefinalfrontier on 27 April, 2010, 22:40
I know that some of the brightest minds in the World work on finding these exo-planets. But the extremes that are being used to do the work makes me think that a lot of mistakes should be expected. The observations and Artists renditions are fabulous and thought provoking , but we may find in the future that the readings were misinterpreted. I guess the Skeptic in me makes me question the results. I agree Rog. But with what we now have to work with Spitzer tells a story of something very different with this planet,, Something missing if you will, But your absolutly right, Mistakes happen and t... [More]


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