So they're actually photographing planets around other stars now

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    Nov 26, 2008 9:20 PM GMT
    How cool is this? Yeah, I'm nerdy, I don't care...

    http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/081125-st-beta-pictoris.html

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    Nov 26, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    Very cool!

    I told my Current Events students about Fomalhaut just the other day. We talked about the possibility of life on other planets as scientists discover more and more extrasolar planets.

    But I didn't know about this new one. Thank you for the link.
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    Nov 27, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    Yes...
    It's fascinating
    and they can also sometimes get the predominant compound that makes up the planet too
    They haven't found a water world like ours yet but it's very exciting

    Cosmology is kool .... and no that doesn't have anything to do with make up icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 27, 2008 2:22 AM GMT
    Even if this planet were a gas giant, wouldn't a planet with a mass 8x that of Jupiter be really unstable? Just a thought.

    Very cool though.
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    Nov 27, 2008 2:30 AM GMT
    [sigh]

    I flirted with the idea of astrophysics as a career but couldn't commit. Looking at that image was heartening and simply awesome. It also reminds me to read more Brian Swimme, the noted cosmologist, especially his notions of the interpersonal aspect of gravity and how we are all pulling on one another on the micro and cosmological level. Beautiful.
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    Nov 27, 2008 4:18 AM GMT
    This is extremely cool. Thanks for drawing my attention to it.