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Fraser
2003-Oct-08, 08:16 PM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency is working on a new mission that could be able to detect moons orbiting planets in other star systems. In 2008, the ESA will launch Eddington, which will detect the drop in light as planets as small as Mars pass in front of their parent stars. Astronomers should theoretically be able to detect moons going around those planets because of their gravity - if the planet dims the star a few minutes earlier or later than expected, it will have one or more moons.


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Planetwatcher
2003-Oct-11, 05:54 PM
Well there goes my idea for a novel again. :lol:
I keep trying to find a place unknown for it to take place. Lest I have somebody E-mail me in ten years and tell me that star xgy has six planets, not 4,
or that planet clopsetal has 14 moons not 11. :ph34r:

Maybe instead of writing a novel about people on some exo-planet's moon, I should be trying to help find some of those moons. :lol:

I suppose that might be better anyway. ;)

DippyHippy
2003-Oct-12, 01:56 AM
You know what would be cool? Finding an Earth-sized moon around a gas giant world... the mind boggles... :blink:

Planetwatcher
2003-Oct-13, 03:05 AM
Yes, it would be nice, and I'll even forgo my novel to see it happen. ;)

DippyHippy
2003-Oct-13, 11:43 PM
LOL At the risk of going off-topic, about ten years ago I had the idea of writing a book whereby the central character lived in a computer-generated world but he didn't know it. His physical body was elsewhere. Alas, I never daydreamed enough about it to come up with a coherent storyline and then, as you know, the Matrix came along and the rest is history...

*kicking self*