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June 3, 2014

…astronomer Lars A. Buchhave “found a correlation between the period of a planet (how long it takes to orbit its star) and the size at which a planet transitions from rocky to gaseous.”

The discovery of a new allegedly Earth-like planet.  The link for this article is here: <http://news.yahoo.com/godzilla-earths-alien-planet-17-times-heavier-world-170341054.html&gt;

Assuming this supposition is accurate–I have no idea how one measures mass well enough visually from 560 light-years away to determine the type of matter a planet is made of–this bigger version of Earth would hardly be easy for humans to live on, but it is an interesting discovery.  But what gets me is this correlation; does that mean one can make a safe assumption about the matter of a planet based on its proximity to the star its orbits?  That sounds a lot like Bode’s Law…  But astronomers say it is invalid.  Weird, that.

(For those who have interest, I have a blog posted in April of this year about methodological hubris of science, specifically astronomical supposition.  You can follow the thought there if you want.)

** Missing link again. Yahoo News is as reliable as Sasquatch for the manifestation of its content. **

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