NASA finds Earth like planet

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    NASA Telescope Confirms Alien Planet in Habitable Zone - Yahoo! News

    If we leave now, we could be there in a thousand years

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has confirmed the discovery of its first alien world in its host star's habitable zone — that just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist — and found more than 1,000 new explanet candidates, researchers announced today (Dec. 5).

    The new finds bring the Kepler space telescope's total haul to 2,326 potential planets in its first 16 months of operation.These discoveries, if confirmed, would quadruple the current tally of worlds known to exist beyond our solar system, which recently topped 700.

    The potentially habitable alien world, a first for Kepler, orbits a star very much like our own sun. The discovery brings scientists one step closer to finding a planet like our own — one which could conceivably harbor life, scientists said.

    "We're getting closer and closer to discovering the so-called 'Goldilocks planet,'" Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., said during a press conference today. [Gallery: The Strangest Alien Planets]

    The newfound planet in the habitable zone is called Kepler-22b. It is located about 600 light-years away, orbiting a sun-like star.
     
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    I just read this! Well, hell; send off a community. Their great-great-great etc grandchildren can populate it.
     
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    "Yes! There's a planet out there, hospitable to liberals!! Norly! The trip's on us. Pack your bags!!!"

    /wave
     
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    I think your underestimating the time a little. I forget the exact numbers, but I once calculated how long it would take to get to Proxima Centauri (the closest star other then the sun), and if I remember correctly it would take around 11,000 years, which is a mere 4.2 light years away.
     
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    Yea....I took some license with the speed

    Just trying to show that getting there will take a helluva long time
     
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    Earth, Meet Your Long-Lost Sibling: The Christmas Planet

    It may sound like something from a very special episode of Doctor Who, but the Christmas planet is real. What’s more, it’s the most Earth-like world yet discovered.

    The planet, more properly known as Kepler 22-b, was revealed to the world Monday via a press conference at NASA Ames Research Center. It is one of thousands of planets discovered outside our solar system via the Kepler space telescope — and the first one that is slap-bang in the middle of what astronomers (really) call the Goldilocks zone: not too hot, not too cold, just right for life.

    So why call it the Christmas Planet? Because it took three snapshots for the telescope to determine Kepler 22-b was really there, and the snapshots had to happen 290 days apart (the length of 22-b’s year). The last of those three encounters happened during the 2010 holiday season — just hours before the NASA telescope came down with a blinding technical glitch.

    “It’s a great gift,” said William Borucki, the telescope’s principal investigator, who came up with the seasonal name. “We were very fortunate to find it.”

    Actually making our way to the Christmas Planet might take a little longer, however. It is some 600 light years away — that is, more than 600 years distant even if we could travel at the fastest speed the universe allows. And we wouldn’t know what to pack, since astronomers have yet to determine whether the planet is rocky, liquid or gaseous.

    But we do know it’s about twice the size of Earth, and that the average surface temperature is a balmy 72 degrees Farenheit. More importantly, we now know for sure that planets other than ours exist in the habitable zones around their stars. For exoplanet astronomers gathered Monday at NASA’s Ames campus for a four-day conference, Christmas has indeed come early.

    Earth, Meet Your Long-Lost Sibling: The Christmas Planet
     
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    By the time they arrived they would be so inbred they would be too stupid to know why they were even there. Kinda sounds like us on earth trying to figure out who we are and where we came from. :lol:
     
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    I wonder when NASA is going to stop sensationalizing their reports.

    The planet is not earthlike, they know nothing about the planet at all except its mass (2.3x Earth) and that it is in the (theoretical) habitable zone of its star.
     
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    Im sure the EPA is already trying to figure out how to regulate CO2 there :cuckoo:
     

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