Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Astronomers Discover Potentially Habitable Earth-Like Planet Very Near Us

 

Scientists are starting to catch up with the UFO nut crowd. Now that evidence is becoming clear as a bell will they take back all those nasty things they said about UFO nuts? Granted, there are some nuttier UFO nuts than others and all are placed into the same nut bin by the "smart people" LOL. The scientific community has maintained for the longest time that earth-like planets don't compute and if they did only microbial life would be on them, which is still the popular and "smart" belief. God forbid that anyone dare say that humans as the ones we have here on earth are also on those earth-like planets.   
 
Lou
 
 
This is really exciting: an international team of astronomers has discovered that Tau Ceti, the closest single star like our Sun, has planets just like our solar system. But more importantly, one of these planets orbits in the habitable zone around the star.
Tau Ceti is very close to Earth. It's only 12 light-years away, which in cosmic terms is just around the corner. It's so close that we can see it with the naked eye at night.
The most exciting news is about the Earth-ish planet found in this solar system's goldilocks region, the circumstellar zone in which, theoretically, life could develop.
The artist's impression above shows its five planets with masses that range between two to six times the mass of Earth. The astronomers, who used more than six-thousand observations and three different instruments to gather the results, say that this is "the lowest-mass planetary system yet detected."
This is an important discovery, as it shows once again that almost every star has planets. According to UC Santa Cruz professor of astronomy and astrophysicist Steve Vogt—one of the authors of the study that is going to be published in the scientific journal Astronomy & Astrophysics—"this discovery is in keeping with our emerging view that virtually every star has planets, and that the galaxy must have many such potentially habitable Earth-sized planets."
The sightly bad news is that the universe seems to give rise to systems that have planets with orbits less than 100 days. According to Vogt, "this is quite unlike our own solar system, where there is nothing with an orbit inside that of Mercury. So our solar system is, in some sense, a bit of a freak and not the most typical kind of system that Nature cooks up."
Still, the evidence seems pretty overwhelming. With an estimated 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way alone, and millions and millions and galaxies in the universe, the statistical probability of planets full of life just like ours is overwhelming. We now just need to visit. And 12 light years away is a perfect place to start—just in our own neighborhood. Now we just need NASA to get a functional warp drive out the lab. Fast.

8 comments:

  1. Whats the good word from Milty Lou. Is Tau Ceti a war planet or are they laying by the pool drinking yoohoos? :)

    M Raulbloodworth

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  2. The 98% microbes on that planet are at war with 2% microbes who are drinking Pina Coladas on the slimy beach. They don't have yoohoos on that planet yet, not evolved enough.

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  3. wow if yoo-hoos are a measuring stick for evolution... we are all in trouble!


    -willy

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  4. Lou, how did the scientists that 'discovered' this planet really find it, did they use any advanced technology that could see it? and do they know there's life there?

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  6. Kai, scientists don't know about the life forms we have on planet earth, they certainly don't have a clue on what is on other planets in our solar system, let alone what is on planets in other star systems. They don't know if there is life on the planet in the Tau Ceti system. There is, I would say intelligent life as we have on earth but that might be taken as an insult by the beings on that planet.

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  7. Scott, common decency is the measuring stick. Common decency when it suits ones' own purpose is the kind we have in abundance here in the slammer called earth...that doesn't count.

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  8. how true lou, but common decency is what those and they use to justify their actions when i'm holier than thou, eh? still leads back to worrying about your own plate, its so easy to stray


    -willy

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