Saturday, February 16, 2008

Only 5,000 Light-Years Away

I love to learn what scientists are saying about what they find in the universe - today, reported in Scientific American: Astronomers have discovered a pair of planets around a star 5,000 light-years away that resemble smaller versions of Jupiter and Saturn, hinting that solar systems like ours may be unexpectedly common. As in our own solar system, the closer of the two planets to their star is the larger one, 70 percent as massive as Jupiter; the more distant planet has 90 percent the mass of Saturn.

Let's face it, in universe terms this is very close. Now I am wondering for real if other intelligent beings are out there!