Astronomers discover New Earth like planet

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by farmout, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. farmout

    farmout All who wander arent lost Lifetime Supporter

    After the recent discovery of this Earth like planet, I am afraid George W will want to invade and occupy this planet, seeing as the aliens there may happen to have weapons of mass hysteria hidden somewhere?!
    What ever shall we do?
     
  2. WWKCD729

    WWKCD729 Member

    well considering it is two million light years away...i dont think george bush will be doing much. I guess its like double the size of earth..sounds pretty gnarly..but who knows...i dont think we'll be getting there any time soon either...IMO..
     
  3. LuckyStripe

    LuckyStripe Mundane.

    I know I want to go live there.
     
  4. LetLovinTakeHold

    LetLovinTakeHold Cuz it will if you let it

    With todays technology, how long would it take to travel a light year?
     
  5. LuckyStripe

    LuckyStripe Mundane.

    There is so far no technology to get us there in our lifetimes.

    But it's a big promise and I'm hoping on hope.
     
  6. Raskalization

    Raskalization Making plans for Nigel

    We're working on light speed and with the new found nano technology who knows what could happen in the next 100 years. In 1869 nobody thought we'd have flown to the moon, and this only happened thanks to the new found calculation machine, the computer.
     
  7. crummyrummy

    crummyrummy Brew Your Own Beer Lifetime Supporter

    I think if you built a big enough catapault, the rest will work itself out
     
  8. Allonym

    Allonym cheesecake slut

    anybody got alink on the news story?
     
  9. crummyrummy

    crummyrummy Brew Your Own Beer Lifetime Supporter

    *tumbleweed blows across the thread*
     
  10. indian~summer

    indian~summer yo ho & a bottle of yum

    yes, so far there is absolutely no way of getting there :leaving:
     
  11. LuckyStripe

    LuckyStripe Mundane.

    'Earth-like' planet discovered orbiting red dwarf

    By Andy McSmith

    Published: 25 April 2007



    Scientists have discovered a planet not much bigger than Earth that could be covered in oceans and has the right temperature to support life. And it is only 20.5 light years away.

    By 2020, it should be possible for a telescope to take a close look at the planet, which has not yet been named, to see if there is any sign of life.

    The newly found planet is older than our solar system. It is revolving around the star known as Gliese 581, a red dwarf in the Libra constellation. Its year lasts only 13 days because it is 14 times closer to its star than the Earth is to the Sun. But that is a good sign, because red dwarfs are less than half the size of the sun, and cooler.

    In the zone where the planet has been discovered, surface temperatures would be between 0C and 40C - just right for oceans to have formed and life to have begun.

    It is the smallest planet yet discovered outside the solar system, with a radius about one and a half times that of Earth giving it about twice the gravitational pull. Any living creatures on it would need thick bones and sturdy legs because they will be twice as heavy as on Earth.

    Dr Malcolm Fridlund of the European Space Agency said: "This is an important step on the road to finding Earth-like planets. The planets we've found so far outside the solar system have all been more like Jupiter or Neptune. If this is a rocky planet it's likely that it will have liquid water on its surface, which means there may also be life.

    "There are caveats, one being that the environment around a red dwarf is full of radiation. All red dwarfs have a lot of flare activity, but this doesn't necessarily exclude life."

    The planet was found by Swiss, French and Portuguese astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's 3.6m telescope at La Silla in Chile.
     
  12. crummyrummy

    crummyrummy Brew Your Own Beer Lifetime Supporter

    thats no link
     
  13. LuckyStripe

    LuckyStripe Mundane.

    Yeah, I've never been good at directions. :D
     
  14. crummyrummy

    crummyrummy Brew Your Own Beer Lifetime Supporter

    turn left
     
  15. LuckyStripe

    LuckyStripe Mundane.

    You mean that left?
     
  16. indian~summer

    indian~summer yo ho & a bottle of yum

    son of a bitch they've found me fuck
    :leaving:
     
  17. crummyrummy

    crummyrummy Brew Your Own Beer Lifetime Supporter

    twas only a matter of time, now dot your eyes and cross your t's or feel the wrath Crummyrummy!!!!!!!!
     

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