'Super-Earth' Alien Planet May Be Habitable for Life

  • metta

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    Nov 09, 2012 2:15 AM GMT

    'Super-Earth' Alien Planet May Be Habitable for Life

    Astronomers have detected an alien planet that may be capable of supporting life as we know it — and it’s just a stone’s throw from Earth in the cosmic scheme of things



    http://www.space.com/18393-alien-planet-super-earth-habitable-hd-40307g.html
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    Nov 09, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Only 42 light years away...

    Current spacecrafts travel at a maximum of ~42,000 miles per hour.

    Light speed is ~386,000 miles per second.

    "Just a stones throw?"

    Pfft...it'll take 100's of generations to reach it.
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    Also based on the planets size gravity would be immense. Any life would have to be small, I doubt a human could last long if we could visit. Travel 42(si fi joke) light years to be crushed like a tin can)
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidOnly 42 light years away...

    Current spacecrafts travel at a maximum of ~42,000 miles per hour.

    Light speed is ~386,000 miles per second.

    "Just a stones throw?"

    Pfft...it'll take 100's of generations to reach it.


    Key phrase: "cosmic scheme of things"
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 09, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    It is indeed intriguing. No doubt someday man will visit that system.
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    I love reading about anything outer space related. Stephen Hawking has a great three episode documentary on Netflix. Fascinating stuff, sadly the distance to any of these are astronomical to our technology.
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    Nov 09, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    timshel said
    paulflexes saidOnly 42 light years away...

    Current spacecrafts travel at a maximum of ~42,000 miles per hour.

    Light speed is ~386,000 miles per second.

    "Just a stones throw?"

    Pfft...it'll take 100's of generations to reach it.


    Key phrase: "cosmic scheme of things"
    I KNEW the cosmos was scheming things against us! Those damn aliens! icon_mad.gif
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    Nov 09, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    This is great, and we also have to keep in mind that our technology is expanding exponentially, so we might think now that it might not be possible..but look how far our technology, engineering, etc. we have come.
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    Nov 09, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidIt is indeed intriguing. No doubt someday man will visit that system.


    Not on a regular traveling spacecraft. Its only hope is to figure out wormhole travel.
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    Nov 09, 2012 6:55 AM GMT
    TalShiar saidAlso based on the planets size gravity would be immense. Any life would have to be small, I doubt a human could last long if we could visit. Travel 42(si fi joke) light years to be crushed like a tin can)


    Yeah. I bet if someone from their planet came here, he'd feel like he could fly through the air with how much lighter he'd be here. It'd seem like he was many times stronger than the average guy too. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and stronger than a locomotive, for sure.







    I believe we've just discovered the planet Krypton.
  • wild_sky360

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    Nov 09, 2012 8:50 AM GMT
    Why look so far. Recent evidence suggests Mars was, and possibly has been inhabited for over 100,000 years; very likely with our ancestors and of late with our best and brightest visiting regularly and instantaeously from nondescript office buildings in Langley...speaking of wormholes.

    google "shadow space program" to discover how the highly classified but available technology to power travel there could either usher in a golden age or it's revelation utterly destroy the socio economic power structure here. With WW III seriously being bantered about as a way out of our financial hole; perhaps explains the wave of top clearance whistleblowers hoping for the former. The list includes top level NASA engineers, astronauts, analysts, consultants...NSA CIA

    If true, Earth visitors report a breathable atmosphere, akin to geology of Arizona... a bit low on oxygen like higher elevations here, but adaptable.
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    Nov 09, 2012 12:35 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidJupiter is nearly eleven times greater than earth whereas d HD 40307g is seven times bigger.

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    They were talking about HD 40307g's mass, not its diameter...!
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    Nov 09, 2012 1:13 PM GMT
    Is it bad if feel I'm already on some far removed planet? icon_neutral.gif
  • wild_sky360

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    Nov 09, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    JR_RJ saidIs it bad if feel I'm already on some far removed planet? icon_neutral.gif


    Not bad at all, and I've thought along those lines....How the hell did I wind up here...on this one...and why?
    There is solace in all the beautiful places I've visited and lived. But it's heart breaking to see how it's been defiled, mostly by corruption and greed. It's as if consensus is reached on best course of stewardship so they can do the exact opposite and then blame it on humanity collectively instead of high level decision making for profit and power.