US Defense agency: ‘Odette’ now a super typhoon

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MANILA, Philippines – The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the US Department of Defense has classified Tropical Cyclone “Odette” as a super typhoon.

The latest typhoon warning of the JTWC said “Odette” (international name: Usagi) has reached super typhoon status and is now equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, according to a report of the Washington Post.

The report also said Odette is the “strongest storm on Earth in 2013” and is on a track towards Hong Kong.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Hurricane Web Page also reported the reclassification of Odette into a super typhoon.

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has not yet labeled Odette as a super typhoon in its latest weather bulletin.

PAGASA weather division chief Robert Sawi had explained to STAR that their agency is not officially using the term “super typhoon.”

As of 6 a.m., the eye of Typhoon Odette was located at 390 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.

Forecast to move northwest at 15 kilometers per hour, Odette is packed with maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kilometers per hour.

Odette is expected to be at 50 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning and outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday morning.

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Storm signals up in 12 areas

Public storm warning signal no. 3 has been hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands where winds of 101 to 185 kilometers per hour is expected in at least 18 hours.

UPDATED STORY: Typhoon ‘Odette’ may make landfall in Batanes; storm signals up in 17 areas

Areas under public storm warning signal no. 2 include Apayao, Cagayan, and the Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Public storm warning signal no. 1 has been raised over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Abra, Kalinga and Isabela.

Heavy to intense rainfall (10 to 20 millimeters per hour) is expected within the 800-kilometer diameter of typhoon.

PAGASA warned residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under the storm signals against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Those living in coastal areas under storm signals nos. 3 and 2 are also alerted against storm surges.

Odette enhances Habagat; occasionally heavy rains in Metro Manila

PAGASA said Odette will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.

“Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against flashfloods and landslides,” the agency said.

Sea travel is also risky over the western and eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon and Visayas.

Residents in these areas are also alerted by PAGASA against flashfloods and landslides.

In its 24-hour weather forecast, PAGASA said the Batanes group of islands, Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of islands and Apayao will experience stormy weather.

Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Mt.Province, Ifugao, Abra and Kalinga will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.

2010, The year of the rise of idiocracy.

What a year it has been! 2010 is the year I and many other like-minded people will never forget. As a Filipino, I never thought it was still possible to learn many new things about the culture I was born into. Indeed, every now and then, the things I discover about us never ceases to amaze me. To borrow someone’s metaphor, our culture grew on me like it was a colony ofE. coli and I was room-temperature raw pork chops!

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There was so much to learn about our dysfunctional culture and, unfortunately, I realised that the reasons why the Philippines is the way it is are not all good. There is never a better time to learn about ourselves than during election seasons. The Presidential election in May revealed a lot of the ugliness of our culture and the mindset of the average Filipino. The revelation that every election ever held in the Philippines is a sham came as a rude shock, like the shock we all felt when typhoon Ondoy revealed the extent and depth of the incompetence of our civil service.

2010 is the year that the Philippines’ reputation overseas as a “basket case” and a “haven for terrorists” has finally been made official thanks to the WikiLeaks website. Even Hong Kong-based human rights group has come to the conclusion that the Philippines is a “broken and lawless nation.” What a great year ender…Not!

But if you ask the average Filipino what they think about those statements, they will simply shrug it off and say, “tell us something we don’t know!” or “what’s new?” and even worse, “What do those foreigners know, anyway?!”

They say eavesdroppers never hear anything good about themselves but most Filipinos have this ability to hear only good things other people say about our country and about us as a people; not a lot of good things, actually, and yet Filipinos, applying some form of perverse creativity, still manage to magnify these and turn them into spectacular rallying points.

Even if the bad things outnumber the good and are already blatantly obvious to everyone, Filipinos never fail to pin the blame for all the ills in the land to none else but on the usual whipping boys — the “corrupt” and incompetentpublic officials they themselves voted into office. Perhaps, this is because it is quite unthinkable for most Filipinos to see their very culture itself as a key hindrance to the progress that the country badly needs. Now I know that most Filipinos want progress but they don’t want the hard work involved in achieving it. Even the Philippine President, it seems, is totally averse to hard work.

Ask President Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) how things are and he will tell you unashamedly that “the children today are luckier compared to the children during the Martial Law years when he was barely 12 years old and aware that there was no promising future for them.” If only the average Filipino had the analytical skills to challenge P-Noy to come up with the data to back up this claim, P-Noy would think twice about making such fantasy-laden statements. P-Noy’s statement is of course at odds with the statement of one member of the Morong 43 recently released from the captivity of the Philippine military since their February 6 arrest in Morong, Rizal:

“Yung claim ng AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] that they’re different from the Marcos era is quite false,” Dr. Alexis Montes told ANC’s “Headstart” on Monday.

“Sa experience namin, it’s been proven that even without the official martial law declaration, they are still thinking above the civilian [authority]. That’s why I was wary with the President saying there were pressures. If he claims he was the only President who got the mandate of the people, why would he be afraid of other sectors?” he added.

Throughout the year, P-Noy’s vocabulary in his speeches was as bad as, like, “whatever“. This did not stop his staunch supporters from leaping off the pavement in applause at every instance; similar I guess to maggots when you try and fry them in hot oil. Despite all his gaffes, his supporters still pant heavily and their breasts heave like teenagers when they see their idol.

P-Noy and his supporters complete each other. They were made for each other. They deserve each other. His inadequacies are masked as he swaggers and entertains his fans with news about his “new love” and his sister’s scandals. And P-Noy is likewise entertained and protected by the bubble his minions created for him as he basks in the adoration he gets from the millions of star-struck ignoramuses who are quite “happy” gawking at him and the rest of the Aquino family members. It’s too bad that he is just a crisis away from being proven to be a pretender.

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2010 is the year that muddled everything we know about the blame game in the Philippines. Now that there is no (blatantly) corrupt President to blame, the incumbent President Noynoy still manages to get away with blaming previous President Gloria Arroyo (GMA) and every other GMA-appointed public servant for every crisis that he and his Cabinet get embroiled in.

Yes, P-Noy still manages to blame anybody else but himself regardless of the fact that he is still using GMA’s policies until now and has not introduced any radical measures that can actually distinguish his stint in Malacanang from the rest of the previous Presidents before him — aside from, perhaps, the “no wang-wang” policy. More importantly, leaked reports courtesy of Wikileaks confirmed that statements from world leaders in China and the U.S. say GMA was perceived as a good leader because she is someone who is in control of the situation in the country. To wit:

DAS John agreed President Arroyo has stabilized Philippine leadership and enacted strong fiscal and economic policy, but stressed that Beijing and Washington must encourage Manila to continue working hard to promote transparency and good governance, according to the leaked diplomatic cable.

Apparently, just six months into office, there is already a book that narrates P-Noy’s rise to become leader of 100 million Filipinos as well as take stock of his “successes”. Woohoo! Congratulations Mr President. We know that things in the country are still the same old way or even worse than during the Martial Law years, but since you and your minions count your win in the election as a “success”, you need to be congratulated for a job well done as a President who does not deserve to be there but still managed to get there despite the odds.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) was correct when they said that it has become an “illusion” and “absurdity” for anyone to claim that there is protection and security for people in the Philippines. To quote an excerpt from an article on their website:

The Philippine National Police and government spokesmen have a habit of assuring the foreign community that the country is safe, in the face of travel advisories to the contrary issued by foreign governments.

The human rights body said it has become ordinary for killings to be carried out by policemen, the military and the paramilitary forces working for them, and for killings to be perpetrated in broad daylight in crowded public places and in front of the victims’ families in their own homes.

Ever since Jesus Christ died on the cross, Christians have been on the look out for that “someone” who can embody the virtues by which “the man” and “the son of God” lived by. That statement is truest in this country we call “the Philippines”.

Why else would someone like Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) win in the May 2010 Presidential election? It’s not that P-Noy actually has the same virtues as Jesus Christ. In fact, he has none of these. It’s just that, his supporters have formed an idea of what P-Noy supposedly stands for and it seems that there is nothing in the world that could destroy the image they have created of him in their little heads. It is pure illusion but that is how most Filipinos cope in this wretched land called the Philippines and this is the way it is in the Yellow world Filipinos now live in.

They say that not everyone can absorb reality and this statement is nowhere truer than in the Philippines. Once the Filipino people wake up from their stupor, the Get Real Squad have documented our own version of how idiocracy has taken over the Philippines.

Scandals During Cory Administration

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One of the biggest urban legends of recent times in the Philippines, is the story that the Cory Administration was supposedly the “cleanest” among the Administrations in the last three decades. Thanks to Nostalgia, and the fact that her Administration was at the dawn of the internet age, much of the negativities of that Administration has been largely forgotten, and people tend to remember only the “good” things about that Administration.

Well, thanks to Noynoy Aquino’s “holier-than-thou” campaign strategy, much of the “unpleasantries” during Cory’s time are being brought back to the surface slowly, but surely. Here are some that I have managed to dig out:

‘Philippine Air Lines Stocks to Nephews’
Cory approved in January 1992 the sale of 67% of the stocks of the Philippine Air Lines (PAL) to an investment group headed by her relatives, composed of one of her Tanjuatco nephews and three of her Cojuangco nephews. The sale resulted in a loss of USD 300-million plus for the Filipino people. The Philippine government, through the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), owned the shares. And worse, her nephews did not even have the money to pay for the airline stocks. They borrowed the money that they used to pay the GSIS from three Philippine government-owned banks, even using the PAL stocks as collateral.

‘Philippine Air Lines Building Scandal’
“The PAL Scandal,” where Cory authorized in 1992 the sale of the PAL Building in San Francisco, California. It resulted, according to the column of the late journalist Louie Beltran, into a USD 6-million loss to the national airline. Cory did not charge Mr. Beltran with libel on this issue about the PAL Building. She, however, did file a libel case against Mr. Beltran and his publisher, Maximo V. Soliven on a separate issue, when Beltran wrote that Mrs. Aquino “hid under her bed during a coup d’etat attempt at the presidential palace in Manila.”

‘Bargain Sale of Companies to Lopa’
The assets of the Marcoses, the Romualdezes and their cronies were supposed to have been sequestered by the new Aquino administration, but Kokoy Romualdez’s (Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s brother in law) 38 companies, which were worth billions of pesos, were not turned over to the Presidential Commission on Good Government. Cory instead during her first months in office, permitted the transfer of these 38 companies to her own brother-in-law, Ricardo “Baby” Lopa. What’s worst, was the fact that all 38 companies were bought back by Lopa during the transfer for the price of only USD 227,000.

‘Philippine Long Distance Company to Nephews’
The same case happened with the ownership of the Philippine Long Distance Company. Instead of sequestering the company for the Philippine government (as it was then controlled by the Marcos cronies), she returned the billion-dollar company to her Cojuangco nephews. She claimed that her nephews were illegally eased out by Mr. Marcos. The truth was that the Marcos cronies, whether their money were ill-gotten or not, paid the Cojuangcos the prevailing market-stock prices during the sale of equity that happened between them at the time when Marcos was still president.

‘Re-negotiation of Marcos’ Japanese Loans’
Cory approved the re-negotiation of the loans that Ferdinand Marcos Jr. obtained from Japan. The administration of Mrs. Aquino agreed that the loans would be paid in Japanese yen, rather than in U.S. currency that former Marcos negotiated. This simple change in currency resulted in a USD 5-billion increase in the loan principal.

‘Refusal to Give Hacienda Luisita to Farmers’
Cory publicly promised in 1986 that Hacienda Luisita will be distributed to the farmers. However, in 1987, she issued Presidential Proclamation 131 and Executive Order No. 229 just days before her legislative powers were going to revert back to Congress, to include a provision in the Land Reform program for a “Stock Distribution Option”, which allows landowners to comply with the Land Reform Law without actually giving land to the farmers. Hacienda Luisita of course took this new option, and thus was not redistributed to the farmers.

‘Double Cross of Doy Laurel’
Cory had promised to Doy Laurel that she would let him run the government as Prime Minister after Marcos was ousted, as Cory had no experience in politics. However, in March 1986 she issued Presidential Proclamation No. 3 declaring a revolutionary government, and dissolving the 1973 Constitution. This nullified Laurel’s position as Prime Minister as the Parliament was abolished. This prompted Laurel to break ties with the Aquino regime later.

‘Protecting Hacienda Luisita’s Interests’
Cory continued to protect Hacienda Luisita, even firing Miriam Defensor Santiago from her post at the Department of Agrarian Reform after she told the press her opinion that Cory should inhibit herself as chair of the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC), which was tasked to make the final decision on Hacienda Luisita’s application for the “Stock Distribution Option” (see section on ‘Refusal to Give Hacienda Luisita to Farmers’ above).

‘Garchitorena Land Scam’
In 1988, a foreclosed property of the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) was sold to Sharp International Marketing for P3.8 million. Before the sale was closed, Sharp tried to sell the same property to the government for P56 million. The sale was eventually approved by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), but only after the price was inflated further to P65 million. The financier of the scam was Romeo Santos, an associate of Cory’s brother, Peping Cojuangco. He was also Cory’s campaign manager in Bicol.

SOURCES

– “Not Getting Mad at, But Getting Even With, Tita Cory” by Bobby Reyes,http://www.mabuhayradio.com/sections/philippine-presidency/455-not-getting-mad-at-but-getting-even-with-tita-cory.html

– “The Philippines Cory, Coups and Corruption” by John Greenwald, Jay Branegan and Nelly Sindayen,http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,969186,00.html

– “Hacienda Luisita’s past haunts Noynoy’s future” by Stephanie Dychiu,http://www.gmanews.tv/story/181877/hacienda-luisitas-past-haunts-noynoys-future

– “Cory’s land reform legacy to test Noynoy’s political will” by Stephanie Dychiu,http://www.gmanews.tv/story/182195/corys-land-reform-legacy-to-test-noynoys-political-will

– “The Garchitorena land scam” by Stephanie Dychiu,http://www.gmanews.tv/story/182211/the-garchitorena-land-scam

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The yellow mythology presents Cory Aquino as saving the Filipinos from the tyranny of the Marcos dictatorship. That’s only half the story. The other half of the story is that the EDSA faux revolution is a case of Filipinos jumping from the frying pan and into the fire.

For short, Cory Aquino “freed” the Filipinos from the tyranny of Marcos and delivered the Filipinos to the tyranny of the oligarchy. That is not liberation – that’s simply a transfer of the reins of power from one-man dictatorship to collective dictatorship.

Yes, Cory herself was not the dictator. However, she was the spokesperson, the figurehead, who executed the decisions of the vested interests who benefited from government regulations issued during Cory’s time.

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Yes, Cory is gone, but the regime – the set of rules, cultural or social norms, etc. that regulate the operation of government and its interactions with society – persist. The outcomes of the Cory regime are its legacy. Legacy is further defined as “something that is passed on to you”.

So what has Cory passed on to Filipinos? Here are the things that she passed on to Filipinos – these are Cory Aquino’s legacies:

CORY AQUINO’S LEGACY #1- SERFDOM 

The economy is propped up by the remittances of aliping saguigilids (serfs) deployed overseas.

In pre-colonial times, the people in the bottom barrel were scornfully known as, alipin sa gigilid. Thegilid was the spot behind and below the house where the toilet is situated.

These alipins were single men and women who worked in and tended the gilid of their master’s homes. They were completely dependent on their master for food and shelter, but if they could make some money on the side, they were allowed to keep some of it.

Isn’t this quite a familiar site among OFWs – whether in the Middle East, in Japan or Hong Kong, in Europe, and even in the US Of A? How many Filipinos with 4 year college degrees end up being serfs in foreign households?

Joblessness pervades the Philippines. The unemployment rate remains high – and the 7% joblessness rate has not budged since Cory’s anointed son, Kim Jon Un, este Noynoy Aquino took over. The Aquino regime can claim that there are jobs around – but the wages are so low that Filipinos in war-torn countries like Syria and Libya would rather take their chances there than return to the predictable low wages of the Philippines.

Too add insult to injury, the Aquino regime boast of the remittances provided by the aliping sagigilids.

CORY AQUINO’S LEGACY #2 – POVERTY

Cory’s second legacy is Poverty. The recent SWS surveys have shown that poverty has even increased during the watch of Cory’s anointed son – Kim Jong Un.. argggh.. Noynoy Aquino. The country’s standard of living remains low while those of its ASEAN peers have grown substantially.

A ranking of the GDP per capita among different agencies consistently show the Philippines among the countries in the bottom barrel:

1. In the World Bank 2012 list, the Philippines is ranked 121 out of 180 countries.
2. In the IMF 2012 list, the Philippines is ranked 128 out of 185 countries.
3. In the CIA 2012 list, the Philippines is ranked 134 out of 195 countries.

All that jobless GDP Growth being bandied about by Kim Jong Un este Noynoy Aquino is worthless. And that’s not even counting the statistical discrepancy called out by the World Bank. When the WB Economic Update stated that

“Growth in the third quarter must be tempered by the fact that statistical discrepancy explains 1.4 ppt of the 7.1 percent growth. This suggests that either third quarter growth will be revised downwards or fourth quarter growth will be lower by around two percentage points as statistical discrepancy is zeroed out in the full year growth statistic.”

The WB meant that the 7.1% GDP growth should be taken with a grain of salt.

CORY AQUINO’S LEGACY #3 – TYRANNY 

Tyranny is defined as:

1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
2. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
3. undue severity or harshness.

The 1972 Marcos Constitution was full of restrictive economic policies. In fact the Philippine constitution is unique in having equity restrictions on foreign businesses. Normally, such restrictions are passed via legislation – the Philippines instead embedded it in the constitution.

With Marcos removal, you would think that Cory Aquino’s regime would remove these impediments to economic development. Oh boy, you are so wrong! Cory did not remove the restrictions, the restrictions were retained – and even expanded. And she even out-Marcos-ed Apo Ferdie with welfare programs embedded in the Constitution – yup Pinoy Big Brother isn’t just a noontime show.

In terms of the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, the Philippines is ranked 97 out of 161 countries – categorized as “Mostly Unfree”.

CORY AQUINO’S LEGACY #4 – CORRUPTION 

Plunder goes unabated. Plunder was centralized under Marcos. The plunder did not go away in Cory’s time – it was “decentralized” – for short more plunderers came into existence.

The Corruption Perceptions Index of 2012 ranked the Philippines 105 out of 174 countries.

In terms of Ease of Doing Business, the Philippines ranked 138 out of 185 countries.

Just look at how pathetic the Philippine Senators are as they squabble about the taxes they plundered from Filipino taxpayers.

Or how Aquino dangled the pork barrel among Philippine congressmen in order to sign the articles of impeachment of a chief justice even if the congressmen have not read the articles.

And more recently, look at how Aquino dangled the pork barrel again – in order to railroad the passing of an unnecessary RH bill.

Then, there’s the CCT subsidy which is so full of fraud – and yet the three pigs Dinky, Franky, and Butchi keep on supporting it on the basis that it alleviates poverty. The results however show that poverty in the Philippine has increased even as the CCT subsidy funding increased.

In 2013, as the 2013 Mid-term elections come to fruition, the P317B billion COA audit-exempt pork barrel allocated for Kim Jong Un.. este Noynoy Aquino will again be put to good use.

CORY AQUINO’S LEGACY #5 – NOYNOY AQUINO 

Lastly, it will be a disservice not to mention Cory’s other legacy – Kim Jong Un.. este Noynoy Aquino who has continued the moronic policies of his equally inept and vacuous mother.

It’s also interesting how the election of Cory and Noynoy have parallels in that the conduct of both electoral exercises were surrounded by dubious circumstances. Where Cory had manual dagdag bawas, Noynoy had an electronic dagdag bawas.

And just like Cory, Noynoy continues to be a willing mouthpiece of the collective dictatorship of the Filipino oligarchy – and keeps Filipinos chained to serfdom, poverty, tyranny, and corruption.

 

 

China media warns Philippines of ‘counterstrike’ in South China Sea, War in South East Asia?

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(Reuters) – China‘s state media warned on Saturday that a “counterstrike” against the Philippines was inevitable if it continues to provoke Beijing in the South China Sea, potentially Asia’s biggest military troublespot.

The warning comes as ministers from both countries attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Brunei, starting Saturday, which hopes to reach a legally binding code of conduct to manage maritime conduct in disputed areas.

At stake are potentially massive offshore oil reserves. The seas also lie on shipping lanes and fishing grounds.

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Both China and the Philippines have been locked in a decades-old territorial squabble over the South China Sea, with tensions flaring after the Philippines moved new soldiers and supplies last week to a disputed coral reef, prompting Beijing to condemn Manila’s “illegal occupation”.

The overseas edition of the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, said in a front-page commentary that the Philippines had committed “seven sins” in the South China Sea.

These include the “illegal occupation” of the Spratly Islands, inviting foreign capital to engage in oil and gas development in the disputed waters and promoting the “internationalisation” of the waters, said the commentary.

The Philippines has called on the United States to act as a “patron”, while ASEAN has become an “accomplice,” said the commentary, which does not amount to official policy but can reflect the government’s thinking.

“The Philippines, knowing that it’s weak, believes that ‘a crying child will have milk to drink’,” the People’s Daily said, accusing Manila of resorting to many “unscrupulous” tricks in the disputed waters.

Beijing’s assertion of sovereignty over a vast stretch of the South China Sea has set it directly against Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also lay claim to other parts of the sea.

The 10-member ASEAN hopes to reach a legally binding Code of Conduct to manage maritime conduct in disputed areas. For now a watered-down “Declaration of Conduct” is in place.

On Thursday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that countries with territorial claims in the South China Sea that look for help from third parties will find their efforts “futile”, adding that the path of confrontation would be “doomed”.

Last week, China vowed to protect its sovereignty over the Second Thomas Shoal, known in China as the Ren’ai reef. The Philippines is accusing China of encroachment after three Chinese ships, including a naval frigate, converged just five nautical miles (nine km) from an old transport ship that Manila ran aground on a reef in 1999 to mark its territory.

Last year, China and the Philippines were locked in a tense two-month standoff at the Scarborough Shoal, which is only about 124 nautical miles off the Philippine coast. Chinese ships now control the shoal, often chasing away Filipino fishermen.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Michael Perry)

(Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/29/uk-china-philippines-idUKBRE95S02020130629

Three super-Earths Discovered in Habitable Zone of Same Star ‘For The First Time’

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Astronomers have found a record number of super-Earths orbiting in the habitable zone of a known star, 22 light years away from Earth. The planets, which have three suns, have one side illuminated at all times while the other is submerged in darkness.

 

The Gliese 667C star in the constellation of Scorpion has been well studied before. However, as a result of new observations the scientists made a stunning revelation – instead of three previously known planets the astronomers discovered up to seven, three of which are in the habitable zone of the star where liquid water could exist. All of those three planets are so-called super-Earths

 

This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system“, said one of the authors of the study, Mikko Tuomi of the University of Hertfordshire, UK. “By adding some new observations and revisiting existing data we were able to confirm these three and confidently reveal several more. Finding three low-mass planets in the star’s habitable zone is very exciting!”

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“These planets are good candidates to have a solid surface and maybe an atmosphere like the Earth’s, not something like Jupiter’s”, said co-author Rory Barnes in a press release issued by University of Washington.

 

Barnes added that they are located close to each other which “makes it like they are tidally locked,” which in this case means the same hemisphere always faces the star.

 

Fortunately, we know that this state can still support life,” he said.

 

Gliese 667C is a low-mass star in a triple star system Gliese 667 located 22 light years away from our Sun. it is the dimmest star in the system, and it has the habitable zone as “low-mass stars are intrinsically faint” and cooler. Moreover, this is the first system found with a fully packed habitable zone, according to the study which is to appear in the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal. 

 

The habitable zone of Gliese 667C lies entirely within an orbit the size of Mercury’s around the Sun. 

 

Planets within the Star’s habitable zone are also called Goldilock planets. The three potentially habitable planets of this system are expected to always have the same side facing the star, so that their day and year will be the same lengths, with one side in perpetual sunshine and the other always night. 

 

Viewed from these newly found three planets, the other two suns in the system would look like a pair of very bright stars visible at the daytime, and at night they would illuminate the planets as the full Moon the Earth, study says. 

 

The number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy is much greater if we can expect to find several of them around each low-mass star – instead of looking at ten stars to look for a single potentially habitable planet, we now know we can look at just one star and find several of them,” adds co-author Rory Barnes

 

Similar systems have been found before, however, most them were centered around stars which are too hot to be habitable 

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(source: http://www.thecollectiveint.com/2013/06/three-super-earths-discovered-in.html