I just wanted to add that some of the discoveries made by Astronomers
and announced at that conference (abstracts of which can be found in
the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society) included:

Astronomers announced that soon will there will be released the
results of thermal measurements by Spitzer of the atmospheres of
around 10 exoplanets and that the age of comparative planetology has

An astronomer inferred from observations of transiting explanets that
there is a correlation between high-metalicity stars and their being
orbited by metal-rich planets.

Astronomers presented evidence that 2 planets around HD155358 are
"dynamically interacting with each other."

Astronomers from Japan predict through simulations of the Kuiper belt
shape that a planet several tenths of an Earth mass could be orbiting
beyond Pluto.

Attendees were made aware of a Spitzer Target of Opportunity Program
which invites planet-hunters to participate.

The New Horizons spacecraft observed polar lightning on Jupiter

Astronomers predict from Enceladus plumes and tiger stripe shear that
internal temperatures are hot and that it has a full liquid water
cycle that could make it habitable.

Astronomers reported a surprisingly long sodium tail for Mercury


and there was one paper "Piloted Missions to Near-Earth Objects via
the Crew Exploration Vehicle".

There was a lot more than the above presented at the conference.
Abstracts from the Division of Planetary Sciences conference held in
Orlando in Oct. '07 can be found via the Bulletin of the American
Astronomical Society, Volume 39, No. 3.

Regards, Jason H.


On Oct 9, 10:06 am, "Jason H." <exosea...@yahoo.com> wrote: