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Earth-size planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system
« on: October 17, 2012, 08:32:14 AM »
This is a huge deal because it's about the size of our own planet, and it's also in orbit around the star closest to our own.  There are a lot of implications with this.  The planet is not in the Goldilocks Zone, which would be a really huge deal, but even so, this is still a very significant find.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2012/10/17/alpha-centauri-planet-discovered/1637901/
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Re: Earth-size planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 09:25:12 AM »
Man. I love science.
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Re: Earth-size planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 01:05:00 PM »
Link didn't work for me. So...any actual aliens there?

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Re: Earth-size planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 02:19:31 PM »
Link didn't work for me. So...any actual aliens there?
Charcoal briquets, perhaps.  The planet's year is just over three days long.

I really wish we could find a planet that could potentially support life.
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Re: Earth-size planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 02:28:48 PM »
Link didn't work for me. So...any actual aliens there?
Charcoal briquets, perhaps.  The planet's year is just over three days long.

It's probably too hot even for briquets.  The planet's surface temp is speculated to be around 1200 degrees Centigrade.  The surface is probably lava.

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I really wish we could find a planet that could potentially support life.

Does this count in your book?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler-22b
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Re: Earth-size planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 03:16:36 PM »
It might, at that.  Though 600 light years is just a bit far to send probes, let alone any kind of manned expedition.
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Re: Earth-size planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 05:45:36 PM »
Another Hell planet, I guess..

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