Newly discovered planet may be habitable

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    A decadelong hunt by an astronomer at UC Santa Cruz has yielded the discovery of a planet that could be the most Earth-like planet ever discovered -- and the best case yet for a habitable one, ending our cosmic loneliness.

    The planet, called Gliese 581g, is located in prime real estate within the constellation Libra, where it's sweater weather, not too windy, with scenic views of a white sky.

    "It could be the Goldilocks planet, neither too hot nor too cold "... orbiting its star in a 'habitable zone,' " said Steven Vogt of UC Santa Cruz, who announced the news with Carnegie Institution colleague Paul Butler at a Wednesday news briefing at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the National Science Foundation, which funded the work.

    "It may well be like Earth, where you could walk around comfortably and look out at the stars," said Vogt, 60, of Aptos.

    Scientists say there is no evidence that Gliese 581g holds oxygenated landscapes of green and blue that would support microbes, dinosaurs or some alien-looking pre-human. For life, there must be water, and there's no proof of that. Yet.

    But Earth is unlikely to be some stupendous fluke that happened just once, said Vogt.

    "Places like Earth may not be very special," he said.

    Newly discovered planet may be habitable - San Jose Mercury News
     
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    I love when someone tries to pass out bullshit speculation as "scientific".:rolleyes:
     
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    It's the good, old unholy alliance between the media craving for bombastic news and Carl Sagan-like scientists yearning for the limelight.
     
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    Big fan of Dr. Sagan myself... but I just stated a fact.
     
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    Kool. More places for humans to exploit and destroy in the coming milleniums. I wonder who will be the first to dot it's landscape with flags and military bases ?
     
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    I heard that Gliese 581g has a big problem with global warming.
     
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    Although we could discover the Earth-like planet, we couldn't go there.
     
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    Cool. Pave paradise and put up a parking lot again so we can make some serious bucks. Condos...shopping centers...miles of roads bordered with big box stores and car dealers...golf courses, lots of golf courses...welcome to the Gliese 581g Open...
     
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    Hopefully there is lots of plutonium and uranium so the masters will be able to keep you safe from "evil'.
    I wonder how much of the new planet The Chosen will demand ?
     
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    Shame Obama gutted the Constellation space program.

    Guess we'll be calling that planet "New China".
     

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