From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Sun, 26 May 2013 17:05:29 +0100 Archived: Sun, 26 May 2013 17:59:52 -0400 Subject: "How Ordinary Are We?" Hello List, I've come to expect innuendo and/or deception from Seth Shostak, so was alerted when seeing a piece in the Huffington Post titled "How Ordinary Are We?" http://tinyurl.com/pqyswgx [Quotation begins] "51 Peg b was unexpected, and so were many of the worlds uncovered in the first decade of exoplanet discovery. Lots of so-called hot Jupiters were found, massive, gaseous bodies that pirouetted around their host stars in orbits that were often as tight as that of 51 Peg b. More recently, thousands of so-called super-Earths have been discovered -- planets somewhat larger than our own, and without peer among our solar system siblings. These results are surprising: but they are also discomfiting. Could it be that our planet isn't typical at all? If so, then maybe life isn't typical either." [Quotation ends] Although the article goes on to talk about the Kepler telescope, the sales-pitch `Is Earth different or even unique?' is a total red-herring, based on a shifty false premise. I.e. - when those planet searches were being made the methods used could _only_ detect giant planets, so it should be no surprise they found "hot jupiters". It would've been a bigger surprise if they'd found anything else - it was impossible. And those methods still haven't improved to the point where they can easily detect Earth-sized planets - making the whole article pointless. So why sell it? Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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