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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:25 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:03 pm 
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Wow. Kepler's found a system with no less than SIX transiting planets! All within the orbital distance of Venus!

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/keple ... ystem.html

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:04 pm 
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Also, the latest update indicates that Kepler's found at least 1200 more extrasolar planets, 68 of which are earth-sized, and five of which are earth-sized and in the habitable zone!

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/keple ... lease.html

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:00 am 
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Okay, I think it's time to fire up the Daedalus.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:58 pm 
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Fear of a Black Planet? ;)

http://www.universetoday.com/88105/astr ... ien-world/

(couldn't resist the Public Enemy reference, sorry ;) ).

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:06 am 
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Vile wrote:
Okay, I think it's time to fire up the Daedalus.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:00 pm 
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Looks like planets can definitely be found orbiting Close Binaries at least...!

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/keple ... r-16b.html

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:38 pm 
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Yep, stars are 0.2 AU apart and the Saturn sized planet orbits at about 0.75 AU. Just outside the "Rule of Three's" edge.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:24 am 
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In other news, the count of confirmed exoplanets just exceeded 700:

http://www.astroengine.com/2011/11/exoplanet-count-tops-700/

Considering that only 20 years ago we didn't have solid evidence for any planets outside of our own solar system, this is a truly amazing achievement. We might be living in the golden age of astronomy right now!

Looking back on the classic SF rpgs from the 1980s, it's interesting how dated their world generation systems are starting to feel in the light of these discoveries - not just Traveller, but also FGU's Space Opera, SPI's Universe, ICE's Space Master etc.


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Agreed. Of course we still have that problem today with System Generators. Things are changing so fast, that it is almost impossible to make a Generator that will even be valid once the damn thing is published.

HOWEVER, the basic scientific data is OK. Also, we are still seeing a skewed data set. The close in, big stuff is easier to see, so that is what we see first. Solar systems like our own are much harder to detect with current technology, so we see these weird, everything in close type of systems but few that resemble out own. As our sample size increases we should get a better picture of what is LIKELY vs what is POSSIBLE.

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