A distant planet gets resurrected
Artist's impression of Fomalhaut b in orbit around its star.
October 31st, 2012
10:29 AM ET

A distant planet gets resurrected

Editor's note: Brian Williams is a space enthusiast and writer living in Salinas, California.

Back in 2008, something went bump in the night around Fomalhaut, a star in the constellation Piscis Austrinusa, 25 light-years away from Earth. Originally found by the Hubble Space Telescope, Fomalhaut b was announced as the first exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system)  found through direct imaging in visible light, instead of by the usual planet-finding methods.

Moving through a dusty oblong ring surrounding its star, Fomalhaut b was thought to be a planet as much as three times Jupiter’s mass, carving a path through the ring.

Recent studies have taken away Fomalhaut b’s title of the first directly imaged exoplanet, and also questioned its existence. Given the varying brightness of the possible exoplanet cited in the original findings, and the inability of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to find the planet in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum, it was concluded that Fomalhaut b was just an apparition caused by a large clump of dust inside the star’s dusty ring.

Now, thanks to a team poring through old Hubble data, Fomalhaut b has been brought back to life. Thayne Currie, an astronomer from the University of Toronto working on the data, says that while his team's findings are different, Fomalhaut b could very likely exist.

Currie and his team went back through old Hubble data from 2004 and 2006, and found evidence of the planet again. This time, they called into question the earlier discovery’s report of variable brightness. Currie's team was unable to find the exoplanet using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii; they claim that this also suggests that the planet is smaller than was originally speculated (two times Jupiter’s mass, at the most, and possibly as small as Neptune).

"Although our results seriously challenge the original discovery paper, they do so in a way that actually makes the object's interpretation much cleaner and leaves intact the core conclusion, that Fomalhaut b is indeed a massive planet," said Currie in a statement.

Currie told CNN Light Years that the hunt for exoplanets is still tricky, but the vast array of methods provides their own system of checks and balances.

Astronomers usually use alternate techniques to find planets: They measure radial velocity (a star's wobble as a planet orbits), or they look for the transit of the planet causing an apparent dip in its host star's luminosity.

Said Currie, “...No exoplanet detection method is foolproof. The methods we used to reimage Fomalhaut b and those used to image some planets...rely on very powerful but complex image processing programs to remove the noisy halo of light from the star to see the planets. It is possible, in some cases, for these programs to imperfectly remove the noise structure in such a way that what is left looks very much like a planet and is a false detection."

“...In the case of Fomalhaut b, we also imaged it using more simple, less powerful but easier to understand methods. Finally, different, competing groups have their own programs. So these different groups provide a check on one another's claims of a planet detection. For Fomalhaut b, multiple groups get detections.”

Currie went on to say that while their study is proof that something is there, and that it is likely an exoplanet, the question of its true nature will remain a mystery for the time being.

“I would say that the detection of Fomalhaut b is very solid now. But demonstrating that Fomalhaut b is an exoplanet is much harder...It is still possible that Fomalhaut b is just a dust cloud, but we think that is very unlikely."

Currie hopes that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which has struggled with funding over the years, will clear up some of the mystery surrounding Fomalhuat b when it is eventually launched.

“JWST will be able to image planets at exactly the wavelengths where light from a planet's atmosphere is easiest to see. If there is a Jupiter-like planet at the location of Fomalhaut b, JWST will likely detect the light from its atmosphere. This is the kind of puzzle that probably only JWST can solve.”

Currie added, "Astronomers will be arguing about Fomalhaut b for a long time.”

To announce the findings, which will be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, NASA Astrophysics made a spooky Halloween themed video. Check it out below.


soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Simon Wagstaff

    I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  2. Simon Wagstaff

    Hey, I think the crazy took my advice and went to pester footballers or rappers or something. Either that or Mom called him up from the basement for lunch. Maybe we can talk in peace now.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  3. Karloff

    I thought its hand was going to break up out of the grave

    November 1, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  4. lindaluttrell

    It's the "Pluto effect"...

    November 1, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  5. Maverick

    It's a planet because Chuck Norris wanted it to be...

    November 1, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  6. AndromedaHit

    While I realize that a reputation is a terrible thing to have at stake, researchers must realize that a snapshot of space and a discovery therein during an instance of time is NOT a constant. Things collide, and are destroyed as time passes. Let's be concerned with respect to the rest of the contents of space instead of rechecking old space bits in dust clouds. Trying to map the contents of space is like trying to map floating debris in the ocean. Get it?

    November 1, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Hogan's Goat

      "Trying to map the contents of space is like trying to map floating debris in the ocean. Get it?" No, it's nothing like that. Things in space "orbit" and follow predictable paths. There is no atmosphere to provide currents. Things have mass but almost no weight. And there are no sharks and whales. Let the actual astrophysicists handle this one, ok?

      November 1, 2012 at 9:34 am |
      • Maverick


        November 1, 2012 at 9:47 am |
      • CHRIS

        Actually, the moon creates the currents, not the atmosphere.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:10 am |
      • Jason

        Actually, Chris, the moon creates tides. Currents are... you know what, this whole thread is stupid. " Space changes over millions of years so there is no point studying it?" What a stupid argument. It's only going to go downhill bothering to argue with that kinda stupid, stupid thinking.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Swampy Joe

      Unless those 'bits' stop behaving like floating debris and follow a behaviour pattern indicative of a larger body, right?

      November 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Aezel

      Thanks for your completely uneducated and meaningless post. You're a perfect example of someone who knows nothing and yet feels the need to open your mouth anyway. Thanks for removing all doubt.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  7. Dan

    I wish Carl was here too see how far we have come. Sagan would be so proud

    November 1, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  8. elvis316

    I cannot express in words the way this effects and affects my everyday life.

    November 1, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  9. Maverick

    On behalf of the good people of the Federation I resent the classification of Fomalhaut beta as a planet, while Pluto (Sol IX) remains not. Fomalhaut beta has mediocre hotels, average dining and no Starbucks. Pluto on the other hand has magnificent skiing slopes, lodging, and the last Starbucks before the end of the Solar System, and ever since the cootie outbreak was contained the shopping has been sooo much better!

    Declare Fomalhaut beta as a planet? I say nay! Nay! Give Pluto the recognition is deserves and perhaps one day we may recognize the other.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  10. JJ

    Me too, I thought it was going to be Pluto. I'm dissappointed. With all of the scientific uncertainty and new discoveries why did they have to pick on poor pluto? Aw well.

    November 1, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • Hogan's Goat

      "why did they have to pick on poor pluto?" Pluto is the only planet discovered by an American. European astronomers have been gnashing their teeth and hating Clyde Tombaugh ever since he ground his own lenses and used a home-made scope in his back yard to find the planet. Most of the votes redefining it as a planetoid came from European astronomers. Makes more sense now, doesn't it?

      November 1, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • Mycenia

        American's have discovered plenty that Europeans have lauded. And it's not that Europeans "had it out" for Pluto and ganged up on it, it's that Americans were too stubborn to admit that it's just a big, oblong rock. There's no reason to wax nostalgic. Pluto is a perfectly respectable planetoid, but it lacks almost all of the characteristics of a planet. We just couldn't tell that when it was first discovered.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:58 am |
      • Daremonai

        Makes sense in a backwards way..... the only reason people care about Pluto's taxonomy changing from 'planet' to 'dwarf planet' is that an American discovered it and thus it can feed into their anti-European conspiracy theory nationalism.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • john in Texas

        The euros chased down the drug lord Lance Armstrong to prove their doped althetes are better than ours....euros are the ones with an inferiority complex!

        November 1, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        > And it's not that Europeans "had it out" for Pluto and ganged up on it

        Dream on . . . that really is about what happened . . take that, Ugly Americans. Science is not for you.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • okiejoe

        Pluto had been called a planet for over 80 years and people were accustomed to it; it was on all the sky charts and in the textbooks. It's happened before, Ceres was thought to be a new planet when it was discovered but better observation demoted it to asteroid status.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  11. Shawn Michaels

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    November 1, 2012 at 6:23 am |
  12. jon

    Where is John Critton when ya need him?

    November 1, 2012 at 5:15 am |
  13. sparky

    Fomalhaut b IS NOT the name of the planet. It's Name or it's inhabitants words for themselves and their planet, would not translate into anything resembling any of earth's languages. You could get close to the sound of it by perhaps telling a drunken Scotsman that the Pub is out of Lager and his mother called and said his pet Hamster named Herschel had just died after 35 years. Nearly the sound he would make when first told but not quite.
    The reason Fomalhaut b can't be seen is their shroud of secrecy has been in place since discovering they were being watched from the heavens. They are very shy by nature, but quite psychotic and paranoid. Makes it very hard for them to function as a society. The entire population is in lockdown and no one has eaten in weeks.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:41 am |
    • John

      I'll have the Kilgore Trout please.

      November 1, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • Simon Wagstaff

      I'll have to check it out as I wander across space.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • rp1588

      A Scot would pay no attention to his pub being out of lager, why would he or she she drink in a tourist pub? Only tourists with no taste drink lager in Scotland. The natives drink whisky and ale.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  14. rb

    I thought it was Kolob

    October 31, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • woozy

      Now THAT'S funny!

      October 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • really

      Good one! Mittens laughed about Green-grinch's plan for a moon colony, when he really planned a trip to Kolob!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  15. Daniel

    So what just happened?

    October 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  16. Faye

    Darn, I was hoping it was Pluto being resurrected!

    October 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Doomed

      Just wait, atheists will change their minds and resurrect it again, and then make it not being a planet and so on.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
      • Scott

        What the heck does being an atheist have to do with the classification system for astral bodies? Seriously, does this have to be dragged down to that pointless argument? Take that crap somewhere else.

        October 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        Hey Bozo, there's an atheist with your girlfriend right now.

        November 1, 2012 at 10:11 am |
      • carpenterman123

        You've chosen a good name for yourself. I've read some of your earlier comments and you make very little sense.You sound like someone who has his head so far up your bible that you've lost touch with certain aspects of being human.One of those is to make mistakes and learn from them. Another should be understanding. Does your bibble tell you to slam anyone who doesn't think like you?(like sane people). Does it say you're an atheist if you look at the stars and wonder if someone is looking back? Does it tell you not to learn things? Did you learn anything meaningful this week
        other than what you read in your 'good book"? Have you ever looked through a telescope?

        November 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • jake

      So was I Faye. Pluto should be resurrected, should be grand-fathered in as a planet.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  17. dave

    Dump these programs and start funding more local exploration. Nobody cares about a planet we're not going to reach anytime soon. This does nothing for us in the present. Space exploration needs to be about getting people to new places.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Gil Nodges

      If learning about the true nature of our Universe isn't valuable, then I don't know what is......Space EXPLORATION is an entirely different subject.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • dave

      Other than astrophysicists who need to justify the time spent obtaining their Ph.D.'s, discovering information about the origins of the universe has absolutely no bearing on anyone's day to day life. Adding funding to space exploration programs that could provide means for people to expand their footprint in our solar system and help us escape our current resource limitations would be infinitely more valuable.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • Gil Nodges

        Interesting take, but I disagree.....discovering and learning about the true nature of the Universe has a DIRECT effect on my understanding of my own existence and has a profound impact and bearing on my day to day life, and how I perceive my surroundings.

        You see, unlike Doomed, I'm still willing to learn and adapt to my new realities.

        October 31, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
      • Tim

        Dave, your statement is completely incorrect. Studying the universe provides many practical applications to your everyday life. For example, the study of light from stars far beyond our solar system led scientists to discover new understandings of using the brightness of a star's light to measure distance. By measuring how different wavelengths in the light spectrum travel over distances, they uncovered scientific breakthroughs that translated into computer processors being able to transmit more information faster and over less bandwidth. Because the math and science they use to study the farthest corners of the universe IS transferrable, the everyday application is that your computer runs faster and allows you to send and receive information faster. If you search the Internet, you can find many different scientific breakthroughs that have resulted in enhancements to life here on Earth.

        October 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Doomed

      To Gil

      Yeah you want to expand your knowledge but at a very high cost. There are people and children out there dying because they don't eat every day and the money being spent for knowing how large is the universe and how many planets there is out thee won't give these people food on the table. You're just a dreamer, adapt yourself to the real world.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
      • Jeremy

        it may not put food on starving families tables....but neither do the 12 Lockheed Martin fighter jets that cost as much as the entire space program. With plans for 187 F-22 Raptors (the AF originally wanted 650 of them), you figure out the math. Where was that wasteful spending again?

        October 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • Doomed

        What has the Lockheed Martin fighters has to do with this, i never mention that in my post. I'm not supporting wars either. it is a big waste of money.

        October 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
      • Jeremy

        and what does all the atheism you're so fond of mentioning have to do with it? the point is you want to talk about wasteful spending, yet there are more wasteful things than space exploration.

        October 31, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
      • Go Ducks

        They should get a job or quit living in the freaking desert and having 12 children.

        October 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • prilyam

        The money spent on space exploration is about a thousandth of what is spent on the US war in Afghanistan every month. If you want to get bent about money not being spent on starving people, direct it where it ought to be directed. One of our presidential candidates wants to give the military 2 trillion more dollars a year – that's more than NASA's been given over it;s entire lifetime.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:32 am |
      • alpeaston

        Science has always facinated me especial space exploration science. Exploration of outer space is what seperates us from ever other human culture before us; particularly since we have actually travelled to and touched some of the places we use to only dream about like the moon, Mars, Venus and even the outer gas giants like Saturn and Uranus. However, with crushing financial problem smashing at our door, and the very real threat of energy depletion within the few decades and ever present threat of global warming, I beliefe the millions (billions?) spent to explore outside our planet could be put to better use – securing our future and the futures of our children! Once those home bound issues have been solved then we can return our gaze to the star and planet beyong out earthly reach!

        November 1, 2012 at 7:06 am |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        " people and children out there dying because they don't eat every day and the money being spent for knowing how large is the universe and how many planets there is out thee won't give these people food on the table."
        What's your point? Money spent on football games and rap records doesn't go to feed the hungry, either. Go bother them for a while.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • okiejoe

        Gil, every dime was spent right here on Earth.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Simon Wagstaff

      "discovering information about the origins of the universe has absolutely no bearing on anyone's day to day life."

      "Pure Research" nearly always pays off in the end. The things you find along the way are often more valuable than the original goal.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  18. Doomed

    Atheists and their sciences, the planet exist oh sorry the plane doesn't exist, sorry again we were wrong the planet does exist. Bunch of blind sheep.

    October 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Gil Nodges

      Riiiight, because your belief that "truth" lies in a 2000 year old myth created by man for the purpose of controlling man is "seeing".....you're the one who is blind.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Doomed

      At least i don't keep changing my story all the the time unlike you atheists, you just can't keep your story straight. You're the one who's blind.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
      • Gil Nodges

        That's because we're not telling a "story".....lol.

        October 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
      • Scott

        You don't keep changing your story, you just can't make up your mind which story you are going to go with.

        October 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
      • Go Ducks

        We don't blindly follow some story from the bronze age, that's why we sometimes have to change our minds. Unlike yours, our story must change as more information becomes available through scientific research, and direct observations like this. Your story never changes, must follow ancient fairy tale book, it is the WORD OF GOD!

        Who is blind, you or me?

        October 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        "i don't keep changing my story all the the time unlike you atheists, you just can't keep your story straight." Right, so make up your mind if it's Allah, Buddha, or Jehovah who made the world. Some of you believers say one thing, and some say the other.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Gil Nodges

      At least science keeps striving to learn and progress......can you imagine what would happen if Christians put the bible through the same process of discovery.......or even just applied common sense?.....sheep indeed.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Doomed

      Same thing as a story, you just can't keep you facts straight. lol,,,How many kids do you have? answer: i have 3 kids, no wait i have 4, sorry i got it all wrong i have 2 kids, no wait i will have to call my atheist friend, he will remind me. Another Atheist tell someone: turn left, no right, sorry left, too late it was right. I call that a bunch of idiots who can't make up their minds.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • Gil Nodges

        It's not changing the story, it's called learning and progress......Science continues to test it's theories and thus, those thories must EVOLVE....scary word, huh?

        October 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
      • Gil Nodges

        It must be nice to know the answers before even asking a question....."All I know is the story..question the story? Why would I do that?" Isn't that how you operate?

        October 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
      • Nsain

        Doomed are Doomed's children if they are brought up think as he does. Sad really....

        October 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        The lunatics are in my hall . . .

        November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Doomed

      At least i don't live in my parents basement and having them paying for college so i can sit my lazy behind and day dreaming all day. I work for a living and i have a family to support Some others are not as fortunate as i am, some are losing their homes because they got laid from their jobs Some are working 2 or 3 jobs a day to pay and support you bunch of dreamers. You guys are having your heads in the clouds and looking for a Nobel Prize to attach to your wall and show your friends around, which in reality is just a piece of woods and bronze.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • drkent3

        Oh, knock it off you arrogant a$$. Isn't one of your God's requirements that you be humble? Stop acting like you know it all or you are no better than anyone else you are harping about. Besides, Christianity has most certainly changed its 'story' over the years -Flat earth, center of the universe, etc. It's OK to admit you are not perfect, after all – you are not God, right?

        October 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
      • Doomed

        Do you like living in your parents basement and having them paying for everything you want? Is this why you're mad at me?

        October 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
      • Jim

        Is the only reason why you're argument is "getting everything we want from our mothers basement" is because you have no good argument besides saying we change our minds? I'm surprised you can figure out how to work a computer, considering you obviously don't like advancement and expanding your intelligence. I'm not about to knock on you for believing in a god, because if it makes you sleep at night that's fine. But use your common sense and realize that your argument of "changing our mind" isn't because "we" are athiests. It's because we're not sure. Just because the Bible is so sure of itself doesn't mean we need to be.

        October 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
      • ssoll

        Why, when someone makes a tongue-in-cheek comment about religion or lack of it does everyone get their hackles up? Ease up a bit, if you're religious say a prayer for the other guy or gal, if you're not then have a happy thought and wish the joker the best. Your personal beliefs are (or should be) strong enough to stand up to the occasional joker. If any of you out there want to fight, then choose a tougher opponent, like poverty, child abuse, cancer, or something worth fighting against.

        October 31, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
      • prilyam

        Dreadfully sorry you have no interest in furthering your education, that you're completely satisfied with the drudgery you call your "life", your never-ending misery chained to ancient mythology. Living in my mother's basement while I pursue my education? She's a good 800 miles away, and I'm also working two jobs while attending school full-time, at 42, so you can cram your ersatz martyrdom and put your ignoramus hair-shirt away. The only person who gives a rat's patoot about your "suffering" is you. I'd hazard a guess that the only thing stopping you from going to college is the placement test – most don't offer classes that low.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:45 am |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        " I work for a living and i have a family to support " I doubt it; you have the emotional maturity of a teenager. You're some kid whose parents couldn't send hm to school, and you hate those of us who had the opportunity. You have come here to sneer at something you aren't educated enough to understand, and you have demonstrated that you lack a grasp of basic science; about tenth grade? Ninth? Take heart, kid, school will end one day.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        " Isn't one of your God's requirements that you be humble? " What, him a Christian? He's just mental. Probably thinks God is being paid for by his taxes.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Sims

      Just because one majors/studies sciences doesn't automatically make one an Athiest. Get your facts straight and stop stereotyping. Sciences are important and so is research without the the research we have YOU wouldn't have the flipping Internet or technology that you have at the touch of your fingers.

      October 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      i know you are just a troll and all doomed but what does atheism have to do with this story?

      November 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        "what does atheism have to do with this story?" An atheist once stole his girlfriend or kicked his dog or something. Who knows what makes these guys fixate on stuff? There's one who just endlessly repeats "prayer changes things," and one who howls insanely against Hindus. This one's brainbug is to insult unbelievers in Jesus' name Amen world without end. Go into any public library and you'll see them sitting there typing this stuff.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Mycenia

      American's have discovered plenty that Europeans have lauded. And it's not that Europeans "had it out" for Pluto and ganged up on it, it's that Americans were too stubborn to admit that it's just a big, oblong rock. There's no reason to wax nostalgic. Pluto is a perfectly respectable planetoid, but it lacks almost all of the characteristics of a planet. We just couldn't tell that when it was first discovered.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • Mycenia

        That isn't where that reply was supposed to go... *bangs head against desk*

        November 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Simon Wagstaff

      "Atheists and their sciences" New things used to be applauded by Christians because they revealed new aspects of God's infinite creation. Today we have clods who disbelieve in the computers they type on. Dear God, why can't you get good help these days? Do you not pay enough or something?

      November 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  19. Mike H.

    "Something is there, it is likely an exoplanet, the question of its true nature will remain a mystery for the time being."
    Just the fact that this "something" is 25 light years away from Earth and we can detect it, is amazing – at least to me – in by itself.
    However, since NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is unable to find said exoplanet in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum, I am going to guess it is a giant KlingOn ship hiding its infrared signature, trying to avoid detection.

    October 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  20. Robert

    Now if they would just re-analyze the data from the Bible, perhaps they can get something interesting out of that!

    October 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Rob

      You just HAD to bring up the bible up, didn't you?

      October 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • Doomed

        Boo Rob, the Bible will exorcise you. lol

        October 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
      • ssoll

        Thanks for the health tip, "Doomed." I'll get my Bible out and do some excorcise. I really have gotten out of shape. Now I need some instruction on how best to use it. And pulease! Keep it clean.

        October 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Amused

      What so-called "data" are you referring to? Do you comprehend the meaning of the term, "data" ????

      October 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
      • Simon Wagstaff

        William Miller was able to analyze Bible data and prove that the world was going to end in 1836.

        November 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  21. Larry

    If the planet can no longer be found, maybe it was destroyed by the fully armed and operational Death Star circa 1983. Just a thought.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Jose

      That's no MOON!!!

      October 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Darw1n

      Something something something dark side.

      October 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • HIM

        Something something complete!

        October 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  22. clown

    Surprised this isn't another story about Mars and it's hot rod dune buggy.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Jose

      I thought it was about Pluto, regaining it's former glory.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • Jim

        "doomed": nice name for yourself and appropriate with your way of thinking. You're able to write on this blog because dreamers with a strong science and engineering background did useful things. Ideas are Darwinian and the best lead to the future. Whiners and complainers die out.

        October 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  23. grist

    How cool! Amazing that the data from 2004-2006 can be evaluated and something interesting come of it!

    October 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm |


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