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    That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    A team of amateurs has discovered evidence for 42 alien planets, including a Jupiter-size world that could potentially be habitable, by sifting through data from a NASA spacecraft.

    Forty volunteers with the crowd-sourcing Planet Hunters project discovered the new planet candidates, which include 15 potentially habitable worlds and PH2 b, a Jupiter-size planet that the team confirmed to be in the habitable zone of its parent star.

    This is the second time Planet Hunters project, which is overseen by Zooniverse, has confirmed a new exoplanet discovery. What's more, several candidate planets found by the project may be in the habitable zones of their parent stars. These candidates are awaiting confirmation by professional astronomers.

    Researchers suggested this bonanza of planets in the so-called Goldilocks zone around a star, a habitable zone in which conditions are liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface and potentially supportlife, could mean there is a "traffic jam" of worlds where life could exist, project officials said.

    "These are planet candidates that slipped through the net, being missed by professional astronomers and rescued by volunteers in front of their web browsers,” said the University of Oxford's Chris Lintott, who helms the Zooniverse, in a statement. “It's remarkable to think that absolutely anyone can discover a planet.”

    Life on an 'Avatar'-like moon

    The planet PH2 b was found using data from NASA's prolific Kepler Space Telescope and confirmed with 99.9 percent confidence by observations at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

    Ph2 b is considered much too large to host life. However, any moons orbiting the planet could be strong candidates, astronomers said. The atmospheric temperature on the planet would range between 86 and minus 126 degrees Fahrenheit (30 and minus 88 degrees Celsius) in the habitable zone.

    “Any moon around this newly discovered, Jupiter-sized planet might be habitable," stated Ji Wang, a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University. He is lead author of a paper about the discoveries, which has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal and is available on the pre-publishing website Arxiv.

    If a theoretical moon were to host life, it would likely have a rocky core, plus a greenhouse atmosphere of some sort that could have liquid water on its surface, the researchers said.

    "It’s very similar to what was depicted in the movie ‘Avatar’ – the habitable moon Pandora around a giant planet, Polyphemus," Wang added.

    A telltale dim

    Volunteers spotted PH2 b by watching its parent star. As the planet passed in front of the star, the apparent brightness from Earth dimmed.

    This is one of two commonly used techniques for finding exoplanets; the other is looking for wobbles in a star's gravityas a planet speeds around it.

    Excluding PH2 b, citizen scientists recently discovered 42 planetary candidates, with 20 of those likely in their respective stars' habitable regions.

    "These detections nearly double the number of gas giant planet candidates orbiting at habitable zone distances," the paper stated.

    Planet Hunters includes participation from Oxford, Yale and several other institutions. Volunteers pour over data from Kepler. Once the strongest candidates are identified, professional astronomers take a look at them.

    Planet Hunters has found 48 candidate planets so far. The first confirmed planet, PH1, was revealed in October 2011.
    Thats just awesome were going to get owned by predator lol
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Wether it's true or not, I love topics like these. We can always speculate about it, and since amateur astronomers are more trustworthy than government funded astronomer spokesmen, this could be legit
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Im 70% sure that the government is gonna cover it up saying that it was a hoax
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Quote Originally Posted by YowYan View Post
    Wether it's true or not, I love topics like these. We can always speculate about it, and since amateur astronomers are more trustworthy than government funded astronomer spokesmen, this could be legit
    I hope so this would be such a breakthrough and NASA would actually have a point to using so much money.
    I can't wait to see the day we find a new race, hopefully peaceful and hopefully we don't start war for their planet since we messed up ours pretty badly.
     
         

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    The aliens are going to pawn us.
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Quote Originally Posted by HashiramaDescendant View Post
    The aliens are going to pawn us.
    no we are going to pawn the alines..
     
         

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    aliens will probe us.
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    It is very probable that aliens exist I mean cmon we can't be the only species of life in the universe when their se billions of planets out their if u don't beleiev the existence of other intelligent species out their ur just plain stupid
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    That awkward feeling when misspell 'awkward' in the OP.

    Also, this seems like a charade. Please cite your sources.
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Quote Originally Posted by xxSalamanderxx View Post
    no we are going to pawn the alines..
    How do would we pawn them if we can't even spell 'alien' right?
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Quote Originally Posted by Hippy View Post
    I hope so this would be such a breakthrough and NASA would actually have a point to using so much money.
    I can't wait to see the day we find a new race, hopefully peaceful and hopefully we don't start war for their planet since we messed up ours pretty badly.
    Yeah we messed up earth so what. I'm guessing any aliens we meet will likely be of dolphin or ape intelligence at best. We will rule them and take their resources. Because we can. And to make up for all the ****ed up stuff they've done to our cattle and cornfields. Don't get me started on the probes. Can't wait to kill me some aliens and enslave another planet. Earth first make Mars our *****.
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Quote Originally Posted by Jin Hayami View Post
    Yeah we messed up earth so what. I'm guessing any aliens we meet will likely be of dolphin or ape intelligence at best. We will rule them and take their resources. Because we can. And to make up for all the ****ed up stuff they've done to our cattle and cornfields. Don't get me started on the probes. Can't wait to kill me some aliens and enslave another planet. Earth first make Mars our *****.
    Really? My nig, really?
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    I hope one of them planets is home to the sexy alien nymphos.
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    I hope they are actually intelligent. I'm pretty positive that there are others that just don't care to even look I wonder how they would look.
    Quote Originally Posted by Forget Me Not View Post
    That awkward feeling when misspell 'awkward' in the OP.

    Also, this seems like a charade. Please cite your sources.
    That awkward feeling when you just don't give a *&%^ =p
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Quote Originally Posted by IAmWumbo View Post
    That's exactly how we're gonna beat them, we're going spell every word incorrect and it's gonna piss the aliens off to the point that they want to commit suicide.
    Seems like a plan, let's do it.
     
         

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    Re: That akward moment when Amateur Astronomers Discover 42 Alien Planets

    Quote Originally Posted by Jin Hayami View Post
    Yeah we messed up earth so what. I'm guessing any aliens we meet will likely be of dolphin or ape intelligence at best. We will rule them and take their resources. Because we can. And to make up for all the ****ed up stuff they've done to our cattle and cornfields. Don't get me started on the probes. Can't wait to kill me some aliens and enslave another planet. Earth first make Mars our *****.
    Yes we are going to conquer a species with the technology to get here faster than we got there. Seems legit.
     
         

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    There's no akward moments, nasa knew but simply kept it from us
     
         

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