Discovery of 3 suns test theories

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    WASHINGTON — “Star Wars” fans know all about Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet, where two suns glare down on a vast desert.

    Now comes a more extraordinary, real-life sight: a newly discovered giant planet with three suns.

    The Jupiter-sized world is 149 light-years (about 876 trillion miles — just next door for astronomers) away from Earth in a triple-star system in the northern constellation Cygnus, or the Swan.

    Maciej Konacki, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, reported the sighting in this week’s edition of the British scientific journal Nature.

    “With three suns, the sky view must be out of this world, literally and figuratively,” Konacki said.

    About 150 extrasolar planets have been discovered in the past 10 years. About 20 of them were found in binary star systems, consisting of two suns, but this is the first time a planet has been found in a cluster of three.

    The main star of the trio, named HD 188753, is slightly larger than our sun. But it would look enormous to an observer on the planet, which whirls around its host star every three and a half days at a distance of only about 4 million miles. Our sun, 93 million miles away, looks much smaller.

    Life would be impossible on the new planet, because its temperature is estimated to be 1,340 degrees Fahrenheit, Konacki said in an e-mail.

    The two other stars, each somewhat smaller than our sun, spin around each other at a distance of about 850 million miles, the distance from the sun to Saturn in our solar system.

    The biggest star would appear yellow, the next largest would be orange and the smallest one red.

    The discovery of the planet challenges current theories about the formation of giant planets around other stars.

    Most astronomers think that such planets form in huge disks of gas and dust around young stars. But a gang of three stars would destroy most of the disk before the planet could form, Konacki said.

    HD 188753 is “a conundrum” for theorists, German astronomers Artie Hatzes and Gunther Wuchterl wrote in a commentary in Nature. “This planet should not exist.”



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    Fyi - to you non God-believin' types..

    This reason this find is so significant is because it pours water on Science who think they have it "all figured out" - if Science is wrong about this, why do you trust them to knowing how Man was made or how old the Earth is?

    Please just get a grip... :D
     
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    Yes. Scientists must relate to the words of Don Henley:

    "The more I know, the less I understand". ;)
     
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    Save the few arrogant scientists out there, I don't think there's a professional in the field that would suggest science know's all. If they did, there would be no need for science, now would there? :D
     
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    Correct: there is no scientist in any field who thinks his field is all figured out.

    As for us non-God believin' types, I should speak for myself, you believers can't even begin to think of answering your own questions. At least science knows it has questions to answer.
     
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    Touche'
     
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    And what questions do we have that aren't answered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
     
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    Touche' what?
     
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    You do not have one single question which is answered.

    An example would be the structure of DNA.

    Another would be the structure of the atom.

    Science has the power to see far enough beneath these structures to know there are still questions. The Gospel is blind to the structures themselves.
     
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    Once again, we have a non-believer trying to tell Christians what their beliefs can and can't be....

    *sigh*....
     

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