I have just read a mind blowing report on a solar system outside our own.
In fact they found something that's not only way beyond what I thought was possible currently but way, way beyond my own imagination. This was the distance the planet was from its parent star. When I state the distance and compared it to our solar system please remember that this actually does orbit it's parent star.
This is not a discovery showing signs of my theory that there us an abundance of star-less planets roaming interstellar space. Quite possibly intergalactic space too.
The star is one trillion kilometres from its parent star. To put this into some perspective this, as states in the report, is three times the distance from its star than Pluto is from our own sun!
It's also a fair bit more massive than Jupiter and at a guesstimate of 12 to 15 times the mass of our own largest gas giant calling it a Super Jupiter really does not do it justice.
If they had used Ancient Greek mythology instead of Ancient Roman you could have called it Kronos?
Hmm I wonder if Ancient Roman mythology has an equivalent of the father of the Greek Gods, Zeus, Neptune and Hades? Probably not, have to remember to look it up.
Hmm maybe for planets outside out own system they could use Ancient Greek mythology for the names along with a letter, parent star linked, and number?
Now despite the fact that they are finding planets ... sorry dwarf planets and possibly a proper planet further out than Pluto I never imagined finding anything at half that distance from the sun at all. Not even one third the distance. Not still orbiting the sun at any rate.
It turns out they have found several planets at an unimaginable distance from their parent stars but this is by far the furthest found this far. I somehow missed these other discoveries, odd because I use news apps.
I think I might look up a news app specific to astronomy, cosmology and astrophysics?
Good to see these discoveries coming in and seems bordering on thick and fast.
This will just increase over the next year or two and then, I now read, the long awaited James Webb Telescope will get launched.
The James Webb Telescope is not only the successor to the Hubble Telescope but one that will itself located extra solar planets, or planets outside our own solar system.
Maybe by then it may get one of its first jobs at looking at our ninth planet, if it exists and if they have pinpointed it's location by the time the scope is in orbit? There is certainly plenty of time for them to scan the heavens for this elusive wanderer of the outer reaches of the solar system.
It's odd as I'm beginning to feel that astronomy may be about to enter a golden age, or at least new one.
What with the New Horizons mission to Pluto along with the discover of these extra solar planets, stars of masses of 150 times that of our own sun and the James Webb Telescope I think many, many discoveries are just around the corner.
Solar systems with two dozen planets or more and that we can actually see? Oh just how cool does that sound?! :)
It's odd because I feel that computers and more specifically computer chips are about to enter a new golden age later in the year.
The lithography of three main chips is going to shrink considerably from 28 nanometres to 14 and 16 nanometres and unlike the long wait of five years or more fit this one they are already predicting 10 nanometres and now 7 and even 5 nanometres and ask of these by 2020.
These are for one set of CPUs along with two GPUs, Central Processing Unit and Graphics Processing Unit, along with the possibility of the graphics chips being able to be out to the task of normal committee workloads along with the Central Processing Units? This is known as HSA. These chips going into computers, servers and workstations at home or in the laboratories over time will make some big changes.
Many more things will become possibly over the next few years.
Hmm starting to wonder if any other of my areas might start to appear going into a golden age? I would settle for silver and even bronze!
Hopefully a couple of other blogs I write might bring in yet another golden age about the same time, or within the next four years at least?
I feel pretty confident that I can!
Astronomers discover largest solar system - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35420633