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(Independent)   Did the astronomers look behind the sofa?   (independent.co.uk) divider line
    More: Strange, Extrasolar planet, Solar System, Hubble Space Telescope, Astronomy, Planet, aftermath of a cosmic collision, Mercury, new phenomenon  
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1133 clicks; posted to Geek » on 20 Apr 2020 at 8:56 PM (22 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-04-20 9:01:59 PM  
How many light years away? Was it long, long ago, far, far away?
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2020-04-20 9:20:59 PM  
Must be a 4/20 story, space cadets.
 
2020-04-20 9:22:03 PM  
It's not behind the couch, it's under the couch next to the cat toys
 
2020-04-20 9:28:33 PM  
I find it interesting that in the immediate aftermath of finding their first exoplanet identification to be rubbish they seemingly fully invested themselves in this icy collision hypothesis. You know, guys, it really doesn't hurt anything to sprinkle in a "we just aren't sure" here and there.
 
2020-04-20 9:55:04 PM  
Media "Gotcha!" conspiracy
 
2020-04-20 10:57:46 PM  
What kind of date is "mid-2000s"?  That's quality reporting Dave.
 
2020-04-21 12:02:59 AM  
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2020-04-21 5:58:01 AM  

BlazeTrailer: I find it interesting that in the immediate aftermath of finding their first exoplanet identification to be rubbish they seemingly fully invested themselves in this icy collision hypothesis. You know, guys, it really doesn't hurt anything to sprinkle in a "we just aren't sure" here and there.


This isn't necessarily the astronomers. This is likely the article writers. It's the same reason you've read thousands of articles about finding the cure for cancer when ultimately we still haven't found it. They note one case where a lab killed cancer in a Petri dish and suddenly they have to write an article about the new miracle without stopping to consider you could also use a handgun to kill cancer in a Petri dish.
 
2020-04-21 10:24:24 AM  

glass_ibis: What kind of date is "mid-2000s"?  That's quality reporting Dave.


Based on the Wikipedia page the first image that raised the possibility of an exoplanet was taken in 2005, but the identification as an exoplanet wasn't made until 2008, and the scientists who made the identification also used images from 2004 and 2006. So you can say that Hubble discovered it in 2004, but humans didn't discover it until 2008.
 
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