Dozens of new Extrasolar Planets

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The universe just got a little more crowded! Space.com is reporting that Astronomers using the European Souther Observatory’s 3.6m telescope in Chile have discovered 32 new extrasolar planets. The smallest of these could be ~5 earth masses, while the largest would dwarf Jupiter! Check out the full story here.

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3 Comments on “Dozens of new Extrasolar Planets”

  1. Bre Says:

    I am a 8th grade teacher in NC and came across your site while researching some information about the solar system for my class this year. I just wanted to thank you for the great information and articles about the solar system.

    We would love it if you could write a few articles for us, or link to some of the current articles to help us spread trusted resources to other teachers. I have included a link to the site below in hopes you might want link to it.

    Thanks and keep the great resources coming

    Bre Matthews
    http://www.thefreeresource.com/fun-facts-and-resources-about-the-planets-and-solar-system

    • Ryan Says:

      Hi Bre,
      I’m glad you’re finding my blog useful! I took a look at your site and noticed a couple errors. In the Earth section, the wording makes it sound like you’re saying that earth is the only planet in the solar system. In the Pluto paragraph, you incorrectly state that Pluto’s orbit crosses Ceres’ orbit. If that were true, Pluto would be a comet! Pluto was re-classified (not demoted) to dwarf planet status because it is part of the Kuiper belt along with other, larger objects like Eris.

      I’m afraid I don’t have time to write articles for another site, but if you have topics that you would like me to write about here, feel free to request them!

  2. bre Says:

    Ryan, thank you so much for the feed back. I have fixed those mistakes. If you see anything else that needs adjustment feel free to email us.

    Thanks again,
    Bre


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