first planet found in a habitable zone

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  1. Potticus
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    source:http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2370008,00.asp
     


  2. Scott-105

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    Prepeare for space colonization [​IMG]
     
  3. 8BitWalugi

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    Imma gonna move to Side 7! [​IMG]
     
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    This was win.
     
  5. Costello

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    this would a strange place to live:
    that means no night and day cycle, just choose either (day side = probably too hot, night side = probably too cold, you'd have to live near the intersection)
    interesting, but probably way too far to envision colonization?
     
  6. _Chaz_

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    Simple: Make it spin.

    Either that or live underground.
     
  7. DeltaBurnt

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    It's probably more likely that they are interested in this planet because of it's possibility for life. As stated the scientist who discovered it detected a mysterious signal never before seen come from that planet.

    Plus this is the most earth like planet to date.
     
  8. _Chaz_

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    Maybe it's a distress signal calling out for a lone bounty hunter to save them.
     
  9. Zetta_x

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    Haha it is a signal saying they found us and in 22 years they were going to repopulate our species, considering they live 20 light years away... what's that UFO outside?
     
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    Probably not too hot on the hot side, the average surface temperature is 10 degrees F. However, life exists in much harsher conditions on earth than this planet in general, both hot and cold.
     
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    If this is the case, does that mean that there is no time on this planet? Probably a stupid question, but... [​IMG]
     
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    IT'LL BE LIKE GURREN LAGANN ALL OVER AGAIN!!!111!1123!!

    But seriously, that would be interesting. Not for me though, I live in Victoria, AUS. The weather here is pretty much like that.
     
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    No, it means that there is no day/night cycle. Imagine if the earth stopped spinning and how the sun would then light the earth. Certain areas on the planet would always be in light and others in dark. Time would still flow at the same rate it would just lack a natural visual representation as vivid as day and night to show the passing of hours..

    Here's a good example. The moon is tidally locked to the earth. You've never seen the dark side of the moon from earth and you never will. The mood is tidally locked to the earth.
     
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    How far is it from Earth? Most of these planets that could support life are too far away for colonization. As for the possibility of extra-terrestrial life, I say probably, but not intelligence.
    Life is inevitable under the right conditions, but intelligence (human or greater), is a crapshoot.
     
  15. Kwartel

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    *Packs suitcase*

    I think it's great for the sience of aliens and stuff, but nobody will be able to go there. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd be down for drills that could shrink, grow, expand, and shoot beams.
     
  17. cruznik71450

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    I heard this new planet is a lot closer to the sun and is a bit larger then earth but with size of it's sun and it's planetary revolutions it's capable of sustaining life. This is a huge breakthrough tho. I bet NASA will send a signal to it soon and a scouting satellite to look at the surface a bit closer. That would be nuts to see civilization or differently evolved life. The main thing about all this searching is just a single living bacteria. There is a lot to learn from other planets even if there different.
     
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    Assuming we can send something that actually still works when it gets there, with current technology it would take at least take 30 or so years before the edge of our solar system is reached. Then it still needs to travel about 20 lightyears (surprisingly little if you ask me) which at best, currently, takes 20 years (assuming we get something up to light speed with a light sail or w/e). So let's hope they send something soon else it won't even happen in our lifetime [​IMG].
     
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    Well even if it doesn't happen in our lifetime it's still amazing to think about the possibility of this planet having life. Tho it might take a long time to get something that will take data of the planet and/if there is life it'll boost the development and research of a capable ship/satellite that can scan more area faster. With that being done we can learn and find things much faster. We will get smarter with every bit of information we can get our hands on. Who knows with a couple hundred years we could travel galaxies within a couple days or weeks or even evolve as humans to live in space no need to worry about earth getting ruined or sun burning out.
     
  20. shango46

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    This is really interesting news. If there is life on this planet, and it is more than just bacteria, that would be amazing! I think we need to do what they did in Wall-E (or whatever it's called) and build a ship that is capable of sustaining life long term and send 500 people on their way to this planet. As people get older, they can have children to take their place. So even if it takes 250 years, people would get there. We have to start somehow, right?

    I would sign up.