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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Krypton Discovered!

Habitable planet under a red sun! Watch the video recorded by SCIENTISTS!

What they revealed is a planet circling the red dwarf star, Gliese 581. Red dwarfs are low-energy, tiny stars that give off dim red light and last longer than stars like our sun. Until a few years ago, astronomers didn't consider these stars as possible hosts of planets that might sustain life.

The discovery of the new planet, named 581 c, is sure to fuel studies of planets circling similar dim stars. About 80 percent of the stars near Earth are red dwarfs.

The new planet is about five times heavier than Earth. Its discoverers aren't certain if it is rocky like Earth or if its a frozen ice ball with liquid water on the surface. If it is rocky like Earth, which is what the prevailing theory proposes, it has a diameter about 1 1/2 times bigger than our planet. If it is an iceball, as Mayor suggests, it would be even bigger.

Based on theory, 581 c should have an atmosphere, but what's in that atmosphere is still a mystery and if it's too thick that could make the planet's surface temperature too hot, Mayor said.

However, the research team believes the average temperature to be somewhere between 32 and 104 degrees and that set off celebrations among astronomers.

What Kid Various wants to know is; if we travelled to this world, would we gain superpowers under the red sun's rays, or would we become even weaker? Does the superpower/cosmic ray equation work only one way? Or is it transitive?

UPDATE: In congruence with the discovery of Krypton, SCIENTISTS! have discovered actual Kryptonite!


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