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Mattyk 06-14-2005 10:09 AM

Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
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Researchers announced Monday that they have discovered a planet that may be Earth-like orbiting a star thatís nearby, at least in cosmic terms.

The announcement was made at the National Science Foundation outside of Washington, D.C.

The planet's estimated radius is about twice that of Earth's.

It orbits the star Gliese 876, located 15 light years away from Earth in the direction of the constellation Aquarius.

"This is the smallest extra-solar planet yet detected and the first of a new class of rocky terrestrial planets," said team member Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. "It's like Earth's bigger cousin."

The planet is too hot for life, as we know it however.

The surface temperature on the planet is estimated at between 400 and 750 degrees Fahrenheit.

"We keep pushing the limits of what we can detect, and we're getting closer and closer to finding Earths," said team member Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

BrudLee 06-14-2005 10:25 AM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
[QUOTE=Mattyk72][url="http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/1629641.html"]http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/1629641.html[/url]

The planet is too hot for life, as we know it however.

The surface temperature on the planet is estimated at between 400 and 750 degrees Fahrenheit.[/QUOTE]
That doesn't sound very earth-like to me.

The upside to those temps? No humidity.

TheMalcolmConnection 06-14-2005 10:28 AM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
A steam bath when you walk outside. Yahooo.

RedskinRat 06-14-2005 11:48 AM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
So much for "It's a dry heat".

Riggo44 06-14-2005 02:41 PM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
[QUOTE=RedskinRat]So much for "It's a dry heat".[/QUOTE]
No doubt. And I thought Vegas got too hot! :FIREdevil

JWsleep 06-14-2005 02:47 PM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
Given that life developed along very hot undersea volcanic vents, wonder why this planet is definetly too hot? Maybe life can get going in all kinds of conditions, including this sort of pleasant dry heat?

RedskinRat 06-14-2005 03:15 PM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
Life as we know it, Jim. I think that's the key here. What if everyone there looks like an oven ready turkey? They may become the other other [I]other[/I] white meat.

TheMalcolmConnection 06-14-2005 03:28 PM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
Right. I mean just because this is how HUMANS were created, doesn't mean that life isn't even more complicated on other planets allowing life under extreme circumstances.

JWsleep 06-14-2005 04:23 PM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
[QUOTE=RedskinRat]Life as we know it, Jim. I think that's the key here. What if everyone there looks like an oven ready turkey? They may become the other other [I]other[/I] white meat.[/QUOTE]

I'm a doctor, not a xenobiologist, damn it!

RedskinRat 06-14-2005 07:55 PM

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[QUOTE=JWsleep]I'm a doctor, not a xenobiologist, damn it![/QUOTE]
:lol: :laughing2

NY_Skinsfan 06-14-2005 11:26 PM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
[QUOTE=TheMalcolmConnection]Right. I mean just because this is how HUMANS were created, doesn't mean that life isn't even more complicated on other planets allowing life under extreme circumstances.[/QUOTE]
Who's to say that aliens aren't looking at our planet thinking it's too cold for life to exit....you never know.

TheMalcolmConnection 06-15-2005 07:38 AM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
Exactly what I'm saying. And what's even weirder is that judging my how long it takes for light to reach our planet or theirs, they would most likely be seeing dinosaurs.

JoeRedskin 06-15-2005 08:04 AM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
Wow... we are really deep into the offseason aren't we?

TheMalcolmConnection 06-15-2005 08:14 AM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
Yes. And for some reason I'm interested in nerdy things like this.. :P

SmootSmack 06-15-2005 08:39 AM

Re: Researchers discover earth-like planet
 
[QUOTE=TheMalcolmConnection]Exactly what I'm saying. And what's even weirder is that judging my how long it takes for light to reach our planet or theirs, they would most likely be seeing dinosaurs.[/QUOTE]

Exactly, who's to say that millions of years ago some other planet wasn't trying to communicate with us. The chances of two (or more) planets with life being at the same level of intelligence and capacity to communicate is extremely remote


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