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60 billion alien planets could support life, study suggests
Fox News ^ | 07/03/2013 | Megan Gannon

Posted on 07/04/2013 4:55:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited on 07/04/2013 5:06:10 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Though only about dozen potentially habitable exoplanets have been detected so far, scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds that could support plant life. The Milky Way alone may host 60 billion such planets around faint red dwarf stars, a new estimate suggests.


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TOPICS: Astronomy; Religion; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: habitability; life; planet; xplanets
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1 posted on 07/04/2013 4:55:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wrong. The actual number is 58,345.671,443.


2 posted on 07/04/2013 4:59:10 PM PDT by heights
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To: SeekAndFind

Billions and billions.


3 posted on 07/04/2013 4:59:29 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: heights

No , needed :)


4 posted on 07/04/2013 5:00:14 PM PDT by heights
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To: heights

Mmmm, I think you forgot to carry the two.


5 posted on 07/04/2013 5:00:43 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SeekAndFind

60 billion? I’d like to be associated with just ONE planet that has intelligent life remaining.


6 posted on 07/04/2013 5:01:19 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: SeekAndFind
There's been a claim recently that Jupiter and its largest moon Ganymede met that sort of description a few tens of thousands of years ago...
7 posted on 07/04/2013 5:03:51 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: Safetgiver
Flash went to one...
8 posted on 07/04/2013 5:05:48 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind

:Let’s build some Von Neumann probes and check it out.


9 posted on 07/04/2013 5:06:57 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: heights

so many planets to send liberals to..


10 posted on 07/04/2013 5:07:02 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SeekAndFind

Good send all the leftists there and leave us the planet suffering from global warming and over population....


11 posted on 07/04/2013 5:07:41 PM PDT by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: SeekAndFind

and 60 billion spaghetti monsters could fly out of Moocher’s a$$ over in Africa...


12 posted on 07/04/2013 5:10:40 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Sirius Lee

:Let’s build some Von Neumann probes and check it out.

And then wonder why all we find are our own Von Neuman probes....


13 posted on 07/04/2013 5:24:39 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

I am doubtful of this.


14 posted on 07/04/2013 5:26:25 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: max americana

The last society to do that died out from a plague spread by unwashed pay phones...


15 posted on 07/04/2013 5:28:01 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: max americana

Send ‘em in Generation Ships. . . but design them to only last ~5 generations. Between the Sacrament of Abortion, and the typical activity of liberal-approved “yutes”, I’d be surprised if they make **3** generations. . .


16 posted on 07/04/2013 5:35:56 PM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind. Listmembers, be aware that I've not scanned this topic for the same old wheels turning in the same old ruts, i.o.w., the various anti-intellectual clichés that crop up on a lot of science and/or astronomy topics.
 
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17 posted on 07/04/2013 5:38:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SeekAndFind

These guys have no idea.


18 posted on 07/04/2013 5:39:47 PM PDT by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: max americana
so many planets to send liberals to..

screw that. Round them up and shoot them into the sun. They've already screwed up this planet!

19 posted on 07/04/2013 5:47:49 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Y'MEAN THEY COULD HAVE THEIR OWN PLANETS ??!!!!?

SEND 'EM OFF !!!

20 posted on 07/04/2013 5:48:03 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wait, In this Universe or all the billions of others?


21 posted on 07/04/2013 6:09:37 PM PDT by DManA
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To: heights

Wrong. The actual number is 58,345.671,443.
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I accept your number. But think about it. On how many of these are you actually going to find Snickers bars? Not very many I’m betting. Probably only a few thousand. It would be a classic needles in a haystack search. Probably not worth it.


22 posted on 07/04/2013 6:12:16 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: InterceptPoint

Not to mention biscuits and sausage gravy.
Let somebody else go on THAT snipe hunt!
Old Watashi is staying right here until Jesus says it’s time.


23 posted on 07/04/2013 6:26:23 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: All

That being the case, we are clearly gambling on the possibility that none of those 60 billion worlds have an advanced life form that would view us as a nuisance, a catastrophe or a good place to grow ^ZG)A&, yet we continue to advertise our presence here with TV shows etc, so bear in mind, those unfriendly aliens will first learn of us by watching televised coverage of the Cuban missile crisis.

I don’t like our odds.


24 posted on 07/04/2013 6:59:48 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: Peter ODonnell

That’s okay... It’ll only take another 30 something years for them to start getting the Jerry Springer show and a few years after that to get reality shows... On second thought, we’re screwed.


25 posted on 07/04/2013 7:08:13 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper
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To: SeekAndFind

“scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds that could support plant life. “

Let’s see if they can find one that actually does, instead of theoretically. The rest is wishful thinking.


26 posted on 07/04/2013 7:10:34 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” - Tacitus)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mormon gods are already on most of them, having celestial sex to create spirit children to populate those planets.


27 posted on 07/04/2013 7:11:39 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” - Tacitus)
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To: SeekAndFind

Reading the article, the scientists only theorized that a “habitable” planet, one that supports plant life, would have to be in a “cozy” zone around its sun. That zone is is where the temperature of the atmosphere doesn’t freeze or vaporize the water on the planet. OK, sounds like a good requirement for sustaining life, but they’re assuming that the planet has an atomosphere. And what about a mechanism to repel cosmic radiation? Seems to me that would be important too. That requirement may depend on the planet having an iron core with the planet rotating. IOW, these scientists aren’t drilling too far down into the requirements to sustain life.


28 posted on 07/04/2013 8:04:29 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure there are, and they are all millions of light years away, so it really doesn’t matter.


29 posted on 07/04/2013 8:06:59 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have known that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional news?)
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To: SeekAndFind

We may start discovering exoplanets with liquid water once the James Webb Space Telescope becomes operational in 2018.


30 posted on 07/04/2013 8:08:53 PM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: SeekAndFind

Will the Russians give us a ride?


31 posted on 07/04/2013 8:21:03 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

How do you figure; if I didn’t know you, and those programs were my only insight into your society, I would be the one that was worried.
Hell; I would have your whole planet quarantined and put off limits to all intelligent beings in the whole universe.
I am sure the type of mental illness I see here is contagious.


32 posted on 07/04/2013 8:41:25 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sure, they could support it, if life can spontaneously generate itself, which hasn’t ever been established. Or maybe if God has been a lot busier than He has let on.


33 posted on 07/04/2013 9:50:47 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: null and void

I can see you’re a hoopy frood who always knows where his towel is!


34 posted on 07/04/2013 9:55:56 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

What purpose would be served mentioning souls on other planets? Would it have served to illuminate or confuse?

The Book doesn’t mention Australia or the New World either.


35 posted on 07/04/2013 10:01:11 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
See, L.Ron was right!

Helpful link: http://www.xenu.net/

36 posted on 07/04/2013 10:03:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: saganite

Loved Carl Sagan

37 posted on 07/04/2013 10:06:26 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: InterceptPoint
Not very many I’m betting. Probably only a few thousand. It would be a classic needles in a haystack search. Probably not worth it.

The most clearly science fiction single line I've ever read was "Knotweed tasted like chocolate, only better."

38 posted on 07/04/2013 10:07:40 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: InterceptPoint
Hmmmm. That was supposed to start with:

On how many of these are you actually going to find Snickers bars?

39 posted on 07/04/2013 10:17:06 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Viennacon

It’s very believable considering the widely accepted theory that the entire universe expanded from something smaller than an atom.


40 posted on 07/04/2013 10:21:04 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: null and void

“What purpose would be served mentioning souls on other planets?”

I have no idea... but we know the Book does talk about the other stars, and tells us that they were created after Earth, to serve a purpose for the creation here. So, any hypothetical souls on other planets would seem like kind of an afterthought, wouldn’t they? Maybe that’s not the right word, but I hope you catch my drift.

If we seriously start speculating theologically that there could be souls on other planets, based on an argument from absence, then we’ll soon be faced with the theological dilemmas that led to some of the “goofier” doctrines of Mormonism. None can be saved unless they accept Christ, and the Church is supposed to help spread that Gospel to all, so are these hypothetical souls deprived of salvation because we don’t have a hyperdrive? Or did Christ go visit them too? Did he have to make another sacrifice, so that things really weren’t finished once and for all? Or did he just drop by to tell them the good news? Are the souls on these other planets even fallen, or are they in a state of grace, having never been tempted by Satan? When the end of days comes around on Earth, and death is thrown into the fiery furnace, will death cease across the universe, or only on Earth? We could dance in circles all night.

All I know is that God seems awfully focused on what is happening on Earth, to the point where He came down here Himself to straighten things out. Maybe we should take a cue from Him and stay focused on our local affairs too.


41 posted on 07/04/2013 10:51:17 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s start sending our refugees from the south to them immediately.


42 posted on 07/05/2013 12:50:59 AM PDT by Figment
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To: SeekAndFind

All them alien planets and the dang aliens keep coming here. Makes no sense.


43 posted on 07/05/2013 2:02:51 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: BBell

He never actually said that. Johnny Carson did it in one of his routines and it stuck.


44 posted on 07/05/2013 2:40:06 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: trebb

they keep taking wrong turns at Albuquirky


45 posted on 07/05/2013 2:59:25 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SeekAndFind
This is not PC. The title should read: "60 million Undocumented Planets....."
46 posted on 07/05/2013 6:01:19 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: trebb

I read here a while back a theory that earth was not visited by aliens that abducted humans for studying but was actually a garbage dump where aliens brought their rejects and left them here.


47 posted on 07/05/2013 6:04:36 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

48 posted on 07/05/2013 6:07:58 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Boogieman
We could dance in circles all night.

Indeed we could.

That's why The Big Guy doesn't talk about it to us. At this point it really is nunnaourbidness.

If and when it becomes important for us to know the New Testament will doubtless become the Middle Testament...

Until then it's fun to speculate, there are zillions of books, films and songs about life elsewhere, but not a scintilla of actual proof. Why, the theological implications alone are astounding. Either way.

49 posted on 07/05/2013 9:57:47 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Resolute Conservative
I read here a while back a theory that earth was not visited by aliens that abducted humans for studying but was actually a garbage dump where aliens brought their rejects and left them here.

That actually is a core Scientology belief on the OT-III and above levels.

50 posted on 07/05/2013 10:00:43 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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