Astronomers find new planet capable of supporting life

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    Astronomers find new planet capable of supporting life
    Astronomers find new planet capable of supporting life - Telegraph
     
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    Great. Let's send all the lolberals and progressives there.
     
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    Being only 22 light years from Earth, this means if we could find signs of intelligent life, at least they will be sort of 'real time' and available versus 'billions' of light years in distance and time.

    Intelligent life on Earth has only existed since when...the late 1800's or early 1900's? This means the detectable time period of intelligent life on Earth is only about 100-125 years. What we don't yet know is how long we can sustain intelligent life on Earth? Maybe we annihilate ourselves by 2100 or 2200.

    The chances of exploring a planet 2 billion light years away, and detecting a 200-300 year period of time when intelligent life might have appeared, is unfathomable to me.

    However, detecting intelligent life on a planet only 22 light years from Earth, should be a bit easier. I'm thinking the variables might be when the planet was formed, how long it took for intelligent life to evolve, and how much they might be parallel to Earth's evolution? We can send a message to them and get an answer in only 44 years!

    We probably need to be looking for something other than intelligent life because of the odds of achieving this. I don't know what they might be but seems like searching for CO2 or oxygen or temperature or H2O should be the first detection followed by looking for signs of intelligent life...
     
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    Excuse my cynicism but the same "scientists" who think life on earth is doomed for some green related reason or another actually get away with telling us that a planet 22 light years away is suitable for human life strictly based on it's proximity to it's energy source. Let me know when the improved telescopes see people waving and then I'll be a believer.
     
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    Whitey, not cynacism, just stupidity on your part.

    We realize that you don't like science or pointy headed scientists. And are so proud of your willfull ignorance.
     
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    Head em up==Move em out. We're all moving to space ! Weeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaw

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch74By0HUIg]space cowboy (steve Miller Band) - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Well yeah it will support life if you call sulfer eating bacteria life.
    Been there did not even get a postcard.
     
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    You send your message and 44 years later you get the response, "a/s/l what are you wearing?"

    Now what?
     
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    If it is an earth like planet and it has an atmosphere with free oxygen in it, there is life there.
     
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    It is a dismal place, not even a refreshment stand.
     

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