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Astronomers discover 32 new 'exoplanets'

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  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member
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    Interesting reading. I wonder how many planets there are in our solar system. My guess is we will never know. Just too many stars to check. God is so much greater than any of us can ever know.

    For more information go to: http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/press-rel/pr-2009/pr-39-09.html
     
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    In our solar system, it's pretty academic that there are 8 planets, but that there are thousands of smaller bodies, many of which might resemble planets, but are not.

    In regards to the galaxy and other planets, well, if one in every 5 stars had planets, and those had an average of 3 planets per star, there would be some 60 billion planets in the galaxy.
     
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    Oops, thanks for pointing out I used the wrong term. I was thinking galaxy and typed solar system.

    Wow, that is a lot of planets.

    Have you read, "Out of the Silent Planet" by C.S. Lewis?
     
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    I have. Also, voyage to venus and that hideous strength. Love the stuff. BTW I wonder if any other intelligent life has evolved out there in the 60 billion plus planets in the Galaxy. Also I wonder if they are sinless and closer to God than us.
     
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    I've read "Out of the Silent Planet", "Perelandra" and "That Hideous Strength". I remember "That Hideous Strength" as being my favorite of the 3, mostly because "Out of the Silent Planet" moved so slowly and "Perelandra" was hard to follow. *
     
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    The question presented in "Out of the Silent Planet" has fascinated me ever since I read the book. What if there are thousands of planets with intelligent life but that earth is the only planet where man rebelled and thus, is the only fallen planet.
     
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    One of my fav's.
     
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    exactly. I remember how Lewis described banter between the Martians. And how strange another man looked after time among the aliens really neat. And the premise was an interesting one to consider. BTW I also like Stephen Lawhead. Ever read his Arthur Series? beter known as the Pendragon Cycle?
     
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