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Oh geez, not another exoplanet story

15 Mar 2013, 12:30 UTC
Oh geez, not another exoplanet story
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I wrote yet another exoplanet story yesterday. Not only that, I wrote yet another exoplanet story about the same system astronomy writer extraordinaire Kelly Oakes covered, and which my editor John Timmer wrote about the day before. OK, these weren’t identical stories by any means, but at some point I imagine many people might start [...]

Image of exoplanets in the HR 8799 system, from the Keck telescope in Hawaii. [Credit: RC-HIA/C. Marois/Keck Observatory]I wrote yet another exoplanet story yesterday. Not only that, I wrote yet another exoplanet story about the same system astronomy writer extraordinaire Kelly Oakes covered, and which my editor John Timmer wrote about the day before. OK, these weren’t identical stories by any means, but at some point I imagine many people might start getting confused: what do we know about exoplanets? What discoveries (that seem to come out nearly on a weekly basis) are truly groundbreaking, and which constitute incremental progress? How can a non-expert—or even someone like me, who covers the exoplanet beat without specific background in the area—really understand what’s going on?
In fact, stories like mine are why former Scientific American editor John Rennie says that exoplanets bore him. Not that the ...

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