Say Hello To Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f AKA Earth #2 and Earth #3.…

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    Dec 21, 2011 8:15 AM GMT
    Maybe. Haha.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/new-planets-kepler-exoplanets_n_1161213.html?ref=mostpopular

    I would copy and paste the entire article, but it is wayy too long and it has diagrams and pictures.

    OMG you guys!!! This is amazing. Can you imagine in 50 years some of these planets will probably be hospitable for humans.

    OMG I am like geeking out!!! Hahaha!!!

    Although these two planets are as of right now uninhabitable by humans, due to the high temps, the fact that there remain over 2000 planets left to analyze is soo fucking incredible.

    OMG Can you imagine two planet Earths? Say good bye to lack of natural resources, overpopulation, and so many more globals dilemmas.

    Granted God only knows what life could exist on those planets… *Gasp!*

    Can you imagine, possible new life. OH. MY. GOD. !!!!.

    EEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Dec 21, 2011 12:54 PM GMT
    Hopefully they'll find my home planet so I can visit my family.
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    Dec 21, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    likewatuc saidCan you imagine in 50 years some of these planets will probably be hospitable for humans.


    But then we're going to have to figure out how to travel faster than the speed of light. Otherwise it will take generations to get there. Can you imagine a grandchild born on a spaceship growing up thinking "oh my god I don't want to discover a new planet I just wanna be on Broadway." That won't go over well. Sounds like a good plot for a movie actually...a gay sci-fi dramedy or something.
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    Dec 21, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    JakeBenson said
    likewatuc saidCan you imagine in 50 years some of these planets will probably be hospitable for humans.


    But then we're going to have to figure out how to travel faster than the speed of light. Otherwise it will take generations to get there. Can you imagine a grandchild born on a spaceship growing up thinking "oh my god I don't want to discover a new planet I just wanna be on Broadway." That won't go over well. Sounds like a good plot for a movie actually...a gay sci-fi dramedy or something.


    Oh Please, like that hasn't happened yet? You TOTALLY know the Robot from Lost in Space was a big robosexual!
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    JakeBenson said
    likewatuc saidCan you imagine in 50 years some of these planets will probably be hospitable for humans.


    But then we're going to have to figure out how to travel faster than the speed of light. Otherwise it will take generations to get there. Can you imagine a grandchild born on a spaceship growing up thinking "oh my god I don't want to discover a new planet I just wanna be on Broadway." That won't go over well. Sounds like a good plot for a movie actually...a gay sci-fi dramedy or something.


    No, you just need to go rather close to the speed of light [your time slows down].
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    TigerTim said
    JakeBenson said
    likewatuc saidCan you imagine in 50 years some of these planets will probably be hospitable for humans.


    But then we're going to have to figure out how to travel faster than the speed of light. Otherwise it will take generations to get there. Can you imagine a grandchild born on a spaceship growing up thinking "oh my god I don't want to discover a new planet I just wanna be on Broadway." That won't go over well. Sounds like a good plot for a movie actually...a gay sci-fi dramedy or something.


    No, you just need to go rather close to the speed of light [your time slows down].


    ...and all we have to do then is figure out how to travel even remotely close to the speed of light.
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:37 PM GMT

    It's so obvious the Cylons already got to those poor planets. Thankfully they have yet to find New Earth.
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    We need to send the Weyland-Yutani Corporation to start terraforming immediately.

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    Dec 21, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    jim_stl said
    TigerTim said
    JakeBenson said
    likewatuc saidCan you imagine in 50 years some of these planets will probably be hospitable for humans.


    But then we're going to have to figure out how to travel faster than the speed of light. Otherwise it will take generations to get there. Can you imagine a grandchild born on a spaceship growing up thinking "oh my god I don't want to discover a new planet I just wanna be on Broadway." That won't go over well. Sounds like a good plot for a movie actually...a gay sci-fi dramedy or something.


    No, you just need to go rather close to the speed of light [your time slows down].


    ...and all we have to do then is figure out how to travel even remotely close to the speed of light.


    It's easy! You just need a lot of fuel to do it.
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    DJBoston said
    It's so obvious the Cylons already got to those poor planets. Thankfully they have yet to find New Earth.



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    Dec 21, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    Or Tada-O.

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    Double bonus if you know what game that is from. ;)
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidIt's easy! You just need a lot of fuel to do it.


    #NearLightSpeedTravel

    Still would take a few generations at 0.9c and a lot of that time would be spent accelerating to that terminal speed, and then decelerating to safer velocities (perhaps by slingshotting around the barycentre of some especially large mass[es]...?)

    And a shit-ton of fuel, assuming we have access to a working Bussard ram scoop or similar tech to use free interstellar hydrogen.
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    DJBoston said
    It's so obvious the Cylons already got to those poor planets. Thankfully they have yet to find New Earth.
    dont be too sure they havent..


    From Wiki:
    In contrast to the reason for the original Cylons' genocidal mission, religion is the primary motivation of the Cylon race in the re-imagined series. They consider humans to be sinful and flawed creations who therefore do not deserve to survive.

    Sound familiar?
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said
    TigerTim saidIt's easy! You just need a lot of fuel to do it.


    #NearLightSpeedTravel

    Still would take a few generations at 0.9c and a lot of that time would be spent accelerating to that terminal speed, and then decelerating to safer velocities (perhaps by slingshotting around the barycentre of some especially large mass[es]...?)

    And a shit-ton of fuel, assuming we have access to a working Bussard ram scoop or similar tech to use free interstellar hydrogen.


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    Dec 21, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    Jeandeau said
    DJBoston said
    It's so obvious the Cylons already got to those poor planets. Thankfully they have yet to find New Earth.



    You just became my new boyfriend... Just FYI.



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    Dec 21, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
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    Dec 21, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    TigerTim said
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    likewatuc saidCan you imagine in 50 years some of these planets will probably be hospitable for humans.


    But then we're going to have to figure out how to travel faster than the speed of light. Otherwise it will take generations to get there. Can you imagine a grandchild born on a spaceship growing up thinking "oh my god I don't want to discover a new planet I just wanna be on Broadway." That won't go over well. Sounds like a good plot for a movie actually...a gay sci-fi dramedy or something.


    No, you just need to go rather close to the speed of light [your time slows down].

    Both of you are right in a sense. @JakeBenson yes we would have to travel at extreme speeds to get there but you are assuming we already don't have technology that allows us to travel at top speeds. Wasn't there news recently that some particle was discovered that traveled faster than the speed of light? And that I know of the US has various aircrafts that break sound barriers. But yes none have been reported to go near the speed of light obvi.

    @TigerTim: Mhmm exactly. Granted though that if we wanted to get there as fast as possible speed of light (as of now) is the speed we would have to go at to get their fast enough. And even then if that is possible we still have to pray we don't turn into tumors. lol
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    Dec 22, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    I agree that it's all very cool. But in terms of an "Earth 2" to solve our overpopulation problem. . .

    1) We would have to figure out how to travel at or near the speed of light just to get to these places within 50, 100, 200 years, depending on their distance. . . (we are nowhere remotely near that sort of technology). . . to offer just one example, the Cassini probe now headed toward Saturn is traveling at 11,000 miles per hour (compared to light speed, which is 186,000 miles per SECOND). And of course, Cassini is a relatively lightweight spacecraft carrying no human cargo. . .

    2) We would then have to figure out how to send hundreds / thousands / tens of thousands of gigantic spacecraft collectively carrying BILLIONS of people to their new home. . . imagine the cost and complexity of this. . .

    3) We then likely have to do significant terraforming of the new planet, no matter how "Earth-friendly". . . and notwithstanding that, the astounding cost and complexity of constructing a new civilization from scratch. . .

    To name just 3 of the massive logistical problems.

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    Dec 22, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidI agree that it's all very cool. But in terms of an "Earth 2" to solve our overpopulation problem. . .

    1) We would have to figure out how to travel at or near the speed of light just to get to these places within 50, 100, 200 years, depending on their distance. . . (we are nowhere remotely near that sort of technology). . . to offer just one example, the Cassini probe now headed toward Saturn is traveling at 11,000 miles per hour (compared to light speed, which is 186,000 miles per SECOND). And of course, Cassini is a relatively lightweight spacecraft carrying no human cargo. . .

    2) We would then have to figure out how to send hundreds / thousands / tens of thousands of gigantic spacecraft collectively carrying BILLIONS of people to their new home. . . imagine the cost and complexity of this. . .

    3) We then likely have to do significant terraforming of the new planet, no matter how "Earth-friendly". . . and notwithstanding that, the astounding cost and complexity of constructing a new civilization from scratch. . .

    To name just 3 of the massive logistical problems.


    Yes I know. But hey I didn't say, nor did the article say, that the planets were ready to be harvested and completely 100% capable of sustaining Earth human life.

    They just said that there might be a chance that they can or once upon a time were able to host life. That also doesn’t mean that there WAS life on there they are just saying that some fo these panets could should the chance arise.

    True and then not to mention that the planets themselves could have their own eco-problems. We would have to study them for years upon years after we are able to get there first, just to see if there aren’t some serious eco-problems such as extreme temperatures, new biological hazards (I.e. new forms of malicious infectious agents), and then the problems of how human interaction with that planet would affect it.

    Haha and this is like I Said if we are even able to get there. Which that is possibly the hardest part of it.