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    Earth-like planet found 20 light years away

    "The Earth-like planet that could be covered in oceans and may support life is 20.5 light years away, and has the right temperature to allow liquid water on its surface."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1965

    Seriously cool stuff, I love to be living in the time when we're first finding these things. I remember being taught in jr. high science that our solar system was probably unique, or atleast extremely rare....then they figure out how to detect planets orbiting around stars and are like "Oh...it looks like most stars have planets. Then they were like, "Well all the planets we're seeing are giants and not hospitable for life...Then they get telescopes powerful enough to see smaller planets, and it seems one of the first places we look we find a world very similar to our own. Its never seemed more reasonable that there could be billions of planets supporting life out there. If even half a percent of the stars in our galaxy alone harbor earth- like worlds that's still a billion life supporting worlds. Something about that thought is enormously comforting.

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    I've been thinking about this a lot lately (too much science chanel). It would be great, to be able to see intelligent life like that of star trek or star wars. Then i heard someone say something that no one has really mentioned. WE are the aliens. We may be the first species to ever start space travel... It had/has to start somewhere. Maybe we will be the ones who are intelligent species YEARS from now.

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    Defiantly would be interesting if it turns out to be true. Most importantly it would actually give a real legitimate reason to have a space program.

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    New Earth may have been found

    Pretty sweet, gives NASA something to shoot for for the next 100 years lol.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6589157.stm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthogua View Post
    If even half a percent of the stars in our galaxy alone harbor earth- like worlds that's still a billion life supporting worlds. Something about that thought is enormously comforting.
    well said

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    this is just so inspiring!

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    check dis' out!

    New Earth may have been found

    The new planet is 5 times the mass of earth!!! It has a diameter of 12,000 miles (earth has 8,000).

    It's sun is 10 times closer to the planet... that means it appears 10 times larger in the sky. Coincedently, it's 10 times cooler than our sun, making average temperatures there 0- 40 celcius (or 32-102 fareinheight for us Americans). I guess it doesn't snow there? meh!

    Also, check dis out. It oribits it's sun in 8 days! That's fuckin awesome! 2 days of spring, 2 days of summer, 2 days of fall, 2 days of winter? Not only that, it's nearest planet appears in the sky even during the day time. How freaky that? Look how friggin big that other planet is!

    Dude, I'm on the FIRST colonization ship! I call dibs. Right here you saw me do it first.

    Am I the only one going ape shit here?

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    Man this is so cool, awesome find!
    I'm psyched!

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    i'm packing my stuff, bringing some tea and maybe a camera.

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    While the chance for a new Earth-like planet is exciting, I remain strongly skeptical.

    The Earth is at an exact distance to the Sun to allow life as we know it to exist. If it were closer or further by the slightly amount (in astronomical terms, of course) there would be catastrophic changes to the atmosphere.

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    Well I dont think well be traveling there soon

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    An M class planet so near? Engage!

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    if humans had a ship that could travel at light speed, i would be on it today.

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