Thursday, December 31, 2009
Discovering a New Earth 430 Light Years Away
Don't get too excited about this discovery, but it is amazing that scientists can actually find this newly forming planet and infer that it might become earth-like enough to support life. (Oh, that's in 100 million years from now.) This planet appears to be forming inside a huge dust belt that is larger than our own asteroid belt. The Spitzer Space Telescope shows images that confirm that rocky material much like our own crust and core are being formed on this planet. The planet is also about the same distance from its star as we are from our Sun.
The video that accompanies this article is also interesting to watch.