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The Existential Threat of Future Exoplanet Discoveries

  title={The Existential Threat of Future Exoplanet Discoveries},
  author={Michael B. Lund},
  • M. Lund
  • Published 31 March 2021
  • Physics, Geology
The last 25 years have been revolutionary in astronomy, as the field of exoplanets has gone from no known planets outside the Solar System to thousands discovered over the last year few years. This represents a rapid increase not just in known planets (often referred to as Mamajek’s Law), but also in total planetary mass. What has been heretofore unaddressed, however, is that this rapid increase in planetary masses may have disastrous consequences for the future of humanity. We look at how the… 
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