Skip to comments.2013 just might be the year scientists find first “alien Earth”
Posted on 12/30/2012 2:03:05 AM PST by Olog-hai
The first truly Earthlike alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe.
While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own worldsuch as size or inferred surface temperaturethey have yet to bag a bona fide alien Earth. But that should change in 2013, scientists say.
Im very positive that the first Earth twin will be discovered next year, said Abel Mendez, who runs the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.
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The “earth Twin” has already been found. It resides in the electronic bytes of all the EBT cards held by the alien leeches in this country.
A bit of sensationalism in the article. Perhaps sensationalism is needed to compete with global warming for funding.
"Humanity" is conscious? Does it have a blog in order to pose this reassessment? Will it be able to be accessed by all the alien civilizations out there? What if some of them are Islamic? So many aspects to this are ignored by this report.
I wonder what kind of McDonald’s this “twin earth” has? Walmart?
maybe it’ll be some type of Bizarro World... Htrae-like...
I can assure you: if “scientists” pre-conjecture, pre-conjure and pre-conceive what they will find (i.e., because it is part of their new style of agenda-science), I have every confidence they will “find” it.
That is because many of their number are obsessed with “finding life” out there.
But that isn’t science. That is wishful thinking.
What is science? Exploration and discovery (and extrapolation, if warranted), and letting the chips fall where they may.
I am for that. Find what’s out there, and report it. Just the facts, ma’am.
And they find that it has an alien population roughly the size of the U.S. alien population and the alien worlds leader has a the strange sounding name of Amabo Kcarab.
Not a lot of weather on that planet.
The 0bamazombs that live in the 4th dimension among us whose reality is based a utopian pipe dreams paid for by everyone but them who have no sweat on their own backs but complain the loudest. And they wonder why they get no respect? Well I thought many of them were college educated “geniuses” who thought it gave them the right to decide what’s best for others without having any experience in the subject matter themselves. Seriously? They need a reality check about how the world “really” works..
2013 might be the year Eva Longoria starts stalking me demanding I father our love child. Hey, it might be.
Stalking Eve Bump...
“While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own world....”
Yes and I thought in each of those now dozen or more cases the accompanying news story said they’d found an alien Earth. Guess maybe I misread the news at the time.
Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez went further in his book, "Privileged Planet", making odds that there is probably not another earth-like planet around any star in the observable universe. Gonzalez, a pioneer of the "galactic habitable zone" theory, gives good reasons for this (in my estimation).
So, MSNBC, the chances are VERY GOOD that NO earth-like planet will be found in 2013.
Not much erosion.
Even if they find one, unless there is going to be an advanced ion drive probe headed in its direction, that would take probably 400 years to get there (assuming it’s 20-50 light years away), and another 20-50 years just to let us know what its found, it’s pretty academic.
If you see the politicians pushing for a GAFTA treaty (Galactic American Free Trade Agreement) you will know that not only did they find another earth, they found that those residents work cheaper than the Chinese.
And then again, it might not.
Sure ain’t gonna be the Ferengi.
I’ll bet that they will not find it. That is because our Earth is dependent on a very rare colision that made the moon and made the earth with a very thin crust and a larger than normal Iron core.
Basically two large objects collided so that the earth got most of the cores and the moon got most of the crust.
This just is a very rare event.
The moon stablized our orbit and the thin crust allows for carbon recycling and plate techtonics and the big core allows for a beefy magnetic field.
We are just not going to stumble on another earth.
Thanks Olog-hai! The capabilities for detection have increased by at least a factor of ten since the first confirmed extrasolar planet detection more than ten years ago. But up until recently the standard spam was, "so what / it's unconstitutional / we can't go there / none of these are anywhere *near* Earth-sized / "Rare Earth" *proves* there isn't any life anywhere but Earth!" -- but that's not to say I don't I love seeing the same remarks over and over.
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The only way I see finding a new *Earth* planet as unconstitutional is if there’s a drive to export this current unconstitutional abortion of a government to that new planet.
An archipelago planet, I need to get a warp-capable ship to explore it.
It will be fascinating when they can image these planets, Earth may be somewhat unique with it’s large oceans, maybe a lot of habitable planets have numerous seas instead.
“Habitable” is a subjective term anyway. We’re ideally suited to this planet but we’re also the most adaptable species to ever live on this planet and we have the added ability to control our immediate environment to a certain extent. After all, we have people living in a completely uninhabitable environment on the space station. The arctic regions of our own planet are uninhabitable without a certain degree of technology and adaptability. With a thicker oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere mars would be pretty close to habitable without protective pressurized suits.
Large global oceans are good for transporting heat around a planet but I’m not sure they’re necessary as long as there’s enough multiple seas. The great lakes regulate temperatures in the region without currents running from tropical to arctic regions.
Considering the fact that our galaxy consists of hundreds of billions of stars and it appears that the majority of them we’ve looked at have planets, I’d say that the possibilities are pretty much endless. No planet would be exactly identical but some are probably quite similar and within our ability to adapt to.