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Can We Find A Living Planet by 2020?
Discovery News ^ | 12/22/09 | Ray Villard

Posted on 12/22/2009 5:07:46 PM PST by KevinDavis

There was a lot of excitement last week about the discovery of a “waterworld” planet called GJ 1214b, as reported on Discovery News by my colleague Ian O’Neill.

This world belongs to an emerging class of planets dubbed “super-Earths.” It is 6.5 times Earth’s mass and nearly three times our diameter. Its mass, diameter and density suggest the planet is largely a ball of water with and icy/rocky core.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: space; xplanets
I think so..
1 posted on 12/22/2009 5:07:46 PM PST by KevinDavis
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2 posted on 12/22/2009 5:08:32 PM PST by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: KevinDavis

A ball of water with an icy/rocky core? Not likely. Ice floats. I don’t think that law of physics is going to change anywhere.


3 posted on 12/22/2009 5:13:32 PM PST by webheart (I am a Sarah fan.)
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To: KevinDavis

I doubt it. Life as we know it is extremely rare.


4 posted on 12/22/2009 5:15:17 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: webheart

ANother immutable law of the universe is that AgencyPersons will try to grow their bureaucracy with any and all excuses.

One can only hope that none of the nice AgencyPersons at the South Florida Water Management hear of this “newly discovered water resource”.

Count on them wanting to increase taxes sufficient to permit importation of that water to meet the water crisis they claim FloriDUH suffers from.


5 posted on 12/22/2009 5:19:31 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: KevinDavis
Can We Find A Living Planet by 2020?

Let's hope we find it before it finds us...


6 posted on 12/22/2009 5:20:23 PM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Moonman62

“I doubt it. Life as we know it is extremely rare.”

Found any yet?

Out of 52,000,000,000,000 known galazies each with 300,000,000,000,000 stars... yep I could see how life would be rare...

So let’s see the number od stars is 300*52=15,600 followed by 24 zeros.

Yep very long odds.


7 posted on 12/22/2009 5:22:06 PM PST by PIF
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To: KevinDavis

Kamino?


8 posted on 12/22/2009 5:23:02 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Remember the reason for the season.)
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To: GladesGuru

LOL! Maybe that idiot Bill Nelson (the other idiot Dem Nelson) will demand NASA spend $900 billion to send a ship to outer space to get water to refill Lake Ockeechobee after SFWM drains the lake again.


9 posted on 12/22/2009 5:24:00 PM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: KevinDavis
I am not convinced that life as we recognize it is not a fluke. The discovery of such a planet would be quite a exciting discovery and answer some questions. At the distances that they are being viewed it would be hard to tell if there was anything more sophisticated then single celled organisms there. We need to have some intelligent race come visit us across the stars, that would settle the issue. Life may exist in stranger forms then our minds imagine even closer to home. I would be surprised if we do find a planet with life as we know it, we would want to settle it, all strains of bacteria there might prove lethal to us. It would be better to learn how to create artificial environments.
10 posted on 12/22/2009 5:31:25 PM PST by dog breath
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To: KevinDavis

On the DISCOVERY link, the statement was made that they are trying to find exo-planets from which UFOs and Aliens might be coming.

On his TV program, “It’s Supernatural” this past Sunday, Sid Roth, a Messianic Jew, had Chuck Missler as his guest. Chuck has held very important positions in the U.S. Missile programs, etc., and he has a totally different take on where the UFOs and Aliens might be coming from. He also has statements from several form NASA Astronauts who saw and reported UFOs while on space missions.

For anyone interested in learning his slant on it, here is a link to Sid’s website and the Missler video.

http://sz0100.wc.mail.comcast.net/service/home/~/CHUCK%20MISSLER%20VIDEO.htm?auth=co&loc=en_US&id=146443&part=2

If the above link should not work, if you copy and paste it into your browser it will work fine. When you get to Sid’s website, the Missler video will be right there, and a choice to open it with REAL Player or Windows Media Player.


11 posted on 12/22/2009 5:31:56 PM PST by Tucker39 (I Tim. 1:15b " .....Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.")
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To: KevinDavis

living planet?

You mean a rock with life on it?

Can spectronomy find out whether there is life on a world? Can we “see” what color a distant world is?

I have lots of questions


12 posted on 12/22/2009 5:34:31 PM PST by GeronL
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To: GeronL

What if the lifeforms resembled human first trimester fetuses? Could we go in Avatar like and wipe them out with a good conscience?


13 posted on 12/22/2009 5:41:24 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: KevinDavis

Will Earth be a living planet in 2020?


14 posted on 12/22/2009 5:52:53 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: dog breath
We need to have some intelligent race come visit us across the stars, that would settle the issue.

Because they are intelligent, they choose not to visit Earth!

15 posted on 12/22/2009 5:53:38 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: KevinDavis

I hope so. A waterworld 6x larger than earth sounds a lot better than the MarxistWorld 0bama is leaving our children and grandchildren.


16 posted on 12/22/2009 5:53:48 PM PST by LiberConservative (Global Warming/'Climate Change": Biggest Scam in History)
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To: PIF
The odds of discovering life in another galaxy are essentially zero. In this solar system if there's microbial life on Mars, or "marine" life under a frozen surface of a Jovian or Saturnian moon, we're most likely going to have to visit in person to find it. That would seem to narrow those numbers quite a bit.
17 posted on 12/22/2009 5:59:25 PM PST by onedoug
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To: PIF
Life is extremely rare on Earth. Even more so if one includes the Solar System.

It's what we know and what we observe.

18 posted on 12/22/2009 6:03:17 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Sawdring

Liberals would leave the way, trailing cheetohs behind them


19 posted on 12/22/2009 6:08:37 PM PST by GeronL
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To: Frantzie

Lake Okeechobee may drain its self,if the Army Corps and Water Mis-Management doesn’t either stop keeping the water level above the designed maximum and/or repair the levee.

Typical results of a large agency.

Cosbee said it best “How long can you tread water?”


20 posted on 12/22/2009 9:18:04 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: KevinDavis

"That's no moon. It's a space station." ;)

21 posted on 12/23/2009 1:23:11 AM PST by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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Thanks KevinDavis.
 
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22 posted on 12/23/2009 4:44:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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