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    New Earth-like planet discovered

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...et-gliese-581g

    One of the planets, named Gliese 581g, has a mass of three to four times that of Earth and takes 37 days to orbit the star.
    Damn, the seasons must go by fast over there. Could you even PREPARE for them in that amount of time?

    ONE WEEK OF BLISTERING HEAT, AND THE NEXT WEEK BITTER COLD!

    One side of the planet is always facing the star, much as one side of the moon constantly faces Earth. This means that the far side of the planet is constantly in darkness. The most habitable region of the planet would be the line between the light and dark regions.
    Uh...That doesn't sound good at all. But I'm not a scientist so whatever.


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    The most habitable region of the planet would be the line between the light and dark regions.
    Ah... the ring of life.
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    If half of the planet is covered in darkness would´nt there be one side were there is plants and the other side is just rock, since plants need light to grow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev ferrara View Post
    Ah... the ring of life.
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    Don't know if anything would live on either side, it'd probably be blistering on one side and absolutely freezing on the other. And because it's tidally locked, it wouldn't have seasons in a conventional sense either.
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    Sounds cool, but dunno if humans could really live on it.

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    So basically the only habitable areas would be in a constant state of sunrise/set, and "night" and "day" would be locations rather than an indicator of time. Sounds like the kind of place that would be fun to visit but you wouldn't want to stay!

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    Sounds like the start of some cool science fiction though...

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    I suppose that ring part would be a very large mass of land, but I'd still be skeptical for there being any signs of life in there. Interesting though.
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    I don't understand how a part of the planet could constantly stay in darkness unless the planet doesn't rotate? I mean Earth always has one part of the planet facing the sun as well, it's just that it rotates at a constate rate so for the most part we don't get stuck in dark or light for very long. Would this just be like constant ikuinen kaamos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    I don't understand how a part of the planet could constantly stay in darkness unless the planet doesn't rotate? I mean Earth always has one part of the planet facing the sun as well, it's just that it rotates at a constate rate so for the most part we don't get stuck in dark or light for very long. Would this just be like constant ikuinen kaamos?
    Same way we always see one side of the moon and not the other For a long time no one had ever seen what was on the other side of the moon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    I don't understand how a part of the planet could constantly stay in darkness unless the planet doesn't rotate? I mean Earth always has one part of the planet facing the sun as well, it's just that it rotates at a constate rate so for the most part we don't get stuck in dark or light for very long. Would this just be like constant ikuinen kaamos?
    It's tidally locked; it DOES rotate, but only once during every orbit of its sun, and rotating in the same direction of its orbit.

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    New Earth-like planet discovered

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpian View Post
    Sounds like the start of some cool science fiction though...
    The tidally-locked habitable world is already a favorite meme in science fiction. Medea: Harlan's World and the planet Aurelia in that Alien Worlds show that was on the National Geographic channel a few years ago. Both of these have some interesting ideas about what sort of lifeforms might arise on such a world and what conditions they might face.

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    Once watched this terribly morbid documentary where it pretty much showed us what would happen if the earth started to slowly stop rotating whilst humans still existed.
    Ten minutes in, half had burnt to death, the UK was swallowed up by the sea, days and nights became months long, many had froze to death.

    Half an hour in they depicted a small group of Americans surviving on a tiny sliver of land(Similar to this so called ring of life), but slowly starving to death or something.
    Oddly enough, that documentary was followed by a "What if the sun died whilst we were still alive!?"
    Two most depressing hours of my life. xD
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    Here's an interview with the guy who discovered it, in which he explains all sorts of details concerning how livable it is, what the weather should be like, etc.:

    http://io9.com/5653433/the-astrophys...yline=true&s=i

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naidy View Post
    Once watched this terribly morbid documentary where it pretty much showed us what would happen if the earth started to slowly stop rotating whilst humans still existed.
    Ten minutes in, half had burnt to death, the UK was swallowed up by the sea, days and nights became months long, many had froze to death.

    Half an hour in they depicted a small group of Americans surviving on a tiny sliver of land(Similar to this so called ring of life), but slowly starving to death or something.
    Oddly enough, that documentary was followed by a "What if the sun died whilst we were still alive!?"
    Two most depressing hours of my life. xD

    I want to see that.

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    This comes right as NASA lays off 1000 people in Texas and Florida...
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