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Post by groomsy on Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:39 pm

BOSTON — Scientists have just discovered the "Godzilla of Earths" — a new type of huge and rocky alien world about 560 light-years from Earth.

Dubbed a "mega-Earth," the exoplanet Kepler-10c weighs 17 times as much as Earth and it circles a sunlike star in the constellation Draco. The mega-Earth is rocky and also bigger than "super-Earths," which are a class of planets that are slightly bigger than Earth.

Theorists weren't actually sure that a world like the newfound exoplanet could exist. Scientists thought that planets of Kepler-10c's size would be gaseous, collecting hydrogen as they grew and turning into Jupiter-like worlds. However, researchers have now found that the newly discovered planet is rocky, Christine Pulliam, a spokeswoman with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, wrote in a statement announcing the find. [The Strangest Alien Planets Ever Found (Gallery)]

"This is the Godzilla of Earths!" the CfA's Dimitar Sasselov, director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, said of Kepler-10c in a statement. "But unlike the movie monster, Kepler-10c has positive implications for life."

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Post by Ben Reilly on Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:56 pm

Implications for life, on a planet 17 times heavier than Earth? Imagine trying to move under that kind of gravity; using your muscles to propel yourself even though you effectively weighed 17 times what you do now. You'd have to be Godzilla of Earth 8NpAABMHgQwwoykDADDEJFiJAANBBwwFko0bCSRQEBADs=

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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:19 am

Giant Insects

Really depends on Atmosphere content too, Our muscles are very weak per gram compared with many other species, many insects are comparatively 100's of times out strength. If Oxygen content was higher (like it was in Palaeozoic era here) then they could get much bigger.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:16 am

veya_victaous wrote:Giant Insects

Really depends on Atmosphere content too, Our muscles are very weak per gram compared with many other species, many insects are comparatively 100's of times out strength.  If Oxygen content was higher (like it was in Palaeozoic era here) then they could get much bigger.

That's a good point, but it's debatable as to whether a planet like that could support intelligent life -- there's a theory that intelligence (and domestication) comes with a lot of evolutionary trade-offs. But Giant Bug World would be bad-ass Cool

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