Tuesday, December 6, 2011
NASA Finds Earth-like Planet
Space.com - 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. The newfound planet in the habitable zone is called Kepler-22b. It is located about 600 light-years away, orbiting a sun-like star. Kepler-22b's radius is 2.4 times that of Earth, and the two planets have roughly similar temperatures. If the greenhouse effect operates there similarly to how it does on Earth, the average surface temperature on Kepler-22b would be 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Given more time, however, a wealth of more distantly orbiting — and perhaps more Earth-like — exoplanets should open up to Kepler. If intelligent aliens were studying our solar system with their own version of Kepler, after all, it would take them three years to detect our home planet. "We are getting very close," Batalha said. "We are homing in on the truly Earth-size, habitable planets."
Alright, so now what? We found this thing now let's get the fuck over there already! There a list I need to be on or something? Like what's the next step here? Do I need to fill out some paperwork? I don't wanna really be here when Earth 1.0 implodes on itself next year so I'd like to be on one of the first spacecrafts outta this joint. At least over there there's probably a trillion gallons of oil and gas prices would be like .33 cents a gallon and shit, could drive a Hummer H2 around without people in Priuses giving me the finger and telling me I'm murdering the Earth and all that high horse crap. No more of this Green bullshit, let's get over there and start burning some fossil fuels! Earth 2.0 motherfuckers!