Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by random3434, Apr 21, 2009.
Scientists discover a nearly Earth-sized planet
I love stuff like this!
That is great news. Given what we now know concerning abiogenisis, it is almost certain that there will be other life out there. Unfortunately, at my age, I will not be here to see the discovery of it.
Bring back memories of Niven's 'Tales of the Known Universe'.
Yeah, my 13 year old daughter was really excited about hearing about this.
Maybe in her time?
It's amazing all the things we DON'T know, even here on Earth. The deepest part of the ocean is another thing that is fascinating to me, what lurks down in those depths..........
The title is misleading, the important part isn't the size being close to earth, it all depends on the solar system the planet is in and it's location within the solar system, there are many more factors. But it's cool what we can find when we keep looking.
One of the most amazing discoveries in that area was when they first started exploring the rift zones, and discovered the wonderful life that inhabits those areas. Were we to spend, as a specie, a tithe of the money that we spend on devising ingenious ways to kill each other, on scientific research, we would be so much richer.
Awesome! You and your daughter should join a local astronomy club if you haven't already. I started going to star parties at the age of 12 and have been hooked ever since. The only reason I didn't go into astrophysics was because the job opportunities for solid state physics were better. (Silly reason, I know.) One of the best 'dates' I ever had with my wife was in the wee hours of the morning watching the perseid meteor shower. And my son is looking forward to the return of Halley's comet after I told him about the time I saw it in 1986. Great stuff!
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