Skip to comments.Planet of Promise: Small, Rocky World Could Harbor Life
Posted on 05/17/2007 7:49:21 PM PDT by KevinDavis
For the first time, astronomers have discovered a planet far, far away that might be similar to Earth. This distant world, which pirouettes around a dim bulb of a star with the unglamorous name Gliese 581, may possibly sport a landscape that would be vaguely familiar to us - a panorama of liquid oceans and drifting continents. If so, there's the chance that it's a home to life - perhaps even advanced life.
It's been a dozen years since the first planet around a star other than the Sun was uncovered. Since then, small teams of astronomers have been flushing out fresh planetary prey at the rate of about one every two weeks. Today, it's easy to have a blase attitude about this continuing drizzle of new worlds. With more than two hundred planets already on the scoreboard, adding yet another sounds redundant.
(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...
“a drizzle of worlds...”
That they will later confirm has no life, even if it does.
Are they describing a planet or the panelists on The View?
These discoveries set afire the imagination.
Sign me up for the first mission as long as there are no Kennedy’s, Spector’s, or Bush’s aboard...
Yes they do. What will this world do if we find a new world that people actually could live on. I know I would be willing to pioneer.
I talk to kids about this sort of thing every chance I get. I even encourage them to watch good science fiction because it also inspires imagination the same way everything from Star Trek to Stargate did and still does for me.
Same here.. It is neat stuff and it is only a matter of time that we find a true Earthlike planet..
First habitable Earth like planet outside Solar System discovered
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The most Earth-like planet yet
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Posted on 04/26/2007 2:49:17 AM EDT by neverdem
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Posted on 04/26/2007 9:38:08 PM EDT by KevinDavis
Since it would probably be a list of names of famous leftists, I think the system now in use will be preferable. :’)
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