Sixty astronomers worldwide collaborated on the discovery of a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star like our sun in the constellation Serpens Cauda. Have any idea how big that means the new planet named CoRoT9b is? One thousand three hundred earths could fit into Jupiter. A French agency CNES or The Centre National d’Études Spatiales operates the satellite telescope CoRoT that found he planet.
The article on Science Daily’s website stated that in the past 25 years earthlings have found 400 exosolar planets, but this is a whopper of a planet that is temperate too. This latest discovery opens up the possibility that we are not the end-all be-all in the universe.
What gives me a qualm is the name of the constellation where this newly discovered planet exists. I took Latin. Serpens of course means serpent. Cauda is tail. There is a Serpens Caput or head too because this particular constellation has two parts. In the center lies Ophiuchusa, which means “the serpent holder.” http://www.encyclo.co.uk/define/ophiuchus.
Now I know it’s all conjecture, but the world’s attention may be drawn to this new temperate planet like our own in the future with the hope there are others like it that may sustain human life. After all extinction continues to be a growing threat here with 44,000 species already in danger and climate change spurring big chaotic events like earthquakes and tsunamis. The fact that this hope stems from a constellation basically called, “The Serpent” is a little biblical to say the least. That and the fact that reading over Revelations relative to Earth’s curret environmental state, it’s almost impossible not to see parallels to global climate change.
Anyway, we’ve discovered the first temperate planet, huge compared to the rest, that’s in transit around a star like our sun. It appears to be most like our Jupiter but with elements of Earth. So are there other planets like Earth with living beings we just haven’t found yet? Hopefully none of them from the constellation named “The Serpent Holder.” It’s just too eerie.
Read the article. It has a pretty good pic of CoRoT9b: