Tuesday, May 24, 2011

They're Everywhere

For years, researchers despaired in hopes of ever finding exoplanets. With persistence and sophisticated tech, the search started bearing fruit with over 200 discovered but this was just the beginning. Within four months, NASA's Kepler spacecraft...  found evidence for more than 1,200 planetary candidates.

"NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered 170 planetary systems containing between two and six transiting planets. The above image - ed shows all the multiple-planet systems discovered by Kepler as of 2/2/2011; orbits go through the entire mission (3.5 years). Hot colors to cool colors (red to yellow to green to cyan to blue to gray) are big planets to smaller planets, relative to the other planets in the system. Credit: Daniel Fabrycky"

As tech advances, the search for planets like ours will become a fate accompli. I wonder how the End of the World believers will deal with that little tidbit. Only time will tell. :)

10/21/2011 - End of the world date rescheduled due to the fact ...

"Camping, the 89-year-old East Bay preacher who gained international fame with his prediction that the rapture would come at 6 p.m. Saturday, said that he misinterpreted the Bible and that May 21 was not really the end of the world but the spiritual beginning of the physical end. 

"Were not changing a date at all; we're just learning that we have to be a little more spiritual about this," he said in a rambling 90-minute radio broadcast that was part sermon, part press conference. "But on Oct. 21, the world will be destroyed. It won't be five months of destruction. It will come at once."

Any "more" questions?

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