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(European Southern Observatory) NewsFlash Earth-sized planet discovered around Alpha Centauri B. Earthlings no longer have an excuse to avoid the local planning office   (eso.org ) divider line
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2012-10-16 07:09:05 PM  
HOLY FARK this is huge news and I've been celebrating since I read it. I don't care if it's a bit too warm at a 3 day orbit, there's a planet around our nearest star now!

/well always has been, but now we know it
 
2012-10-16 07:24:16 PM  
"beware of the leopard."
 
2012-10-16 07:24:40 PM  
I would just like to say to practically everyone..

nyer nyer I told you so. planets planets everywhere.
 
2012-10-16 07:25:08 PM  
So THAT's where Ann Coulter is from.

Nice.
 
2012-10-16 07:25:28 PM  
It's a huge thing- even if it is closer to Alpha Centauri than Mercury is to Sol. But this is the first of many, and maybe one in the waterhole soon...
 
2012-10-16 07:25:29 PM  
imageshack.us

Soon
 
2012-10-16 07:26:21 PM  
Here comes project BlueBeam just in time for 12/21/12 and election. I thought they gave up on this..... Research project BlueBeam
 
2012-10-16 07:26:29 PM  
Big deal. The thing may be the size of Earth but its proximity to Alpha Centauri is like Mercury to the Sun. No way it's life-sustaining.
 
2012-10-16 07:26:42 PM  
So basically what you're saying is that an alien civilization could be as close as a little less than 4 light years away.

Kind of ups the odds that we've been visited, eh?
 
2012-10-16 07:26:56 PM  

Andromeda: HOLY FARK this is huge news and I've been celebrating since I read it. I don't care if it's a bit too warm at a 3 day orbit, there's a planet around our nearest star now!

/well always has been, but now we know it


Might not even be as warm as you think it is, as B is the one with only half the luminosity of the Sun.

/3 day orbit still means it's probably too hot, but still.
 
2012-10-16 07:27:06 PM  
Time to fire this puppy up.

culttvman.com

But maybe leave the robot behind... Just sayin.
 
2012-10-16 07:27:30 PM  
I like astronomy as much as the next guy but why is this a newsflash? finding planets is hardly a new thing

/also, article not found
 
2012-10-16 07:27:31 PM  
mustbealiens.jpg
 
2012-10-16 07:27:34 PM  

Snapper Carr: Soon


Why would you play Santiago? Deirdre is where it's at
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-16 07:27:34 PM  
Our observations extended over more than four years using the HARPS instrument and have revealed a tiny, but real, signal from a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B every 3.2 days," says Xavier Dumusque (Geneva Observatory, Switzerland and Centro de Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto, Portugal), lead author of the paper. "It's an extraordinary discovery and it has pushed our technique to the limit!"

The European team detected the planet by picking up the tiny wobbles in the motion of the star Alpha Centauri B created by the gravitational pull of the orbiting planet. The effect is minute - it causes the star to move back and forth by no more than 51 centimetres per second (1.8 km/hour), about the speed of a baby crawling. This is the highest precision ever achieved using this method.
Next week's followup: spurious planet around Alpha Centauri B caused by vibration from baby crawling around ESO building twice a week.

Long ago a team discovered a planet with orbital period near 180 days. They discovered the second harmonic of the Earth.
 
2012-10-16 07:27:36 PM  
Very awesome! Can we give this one a name that non-scientists will be able to remember, so that lay-people start caring about space again? Please?
 
2012-10-16 07:27:57 PM  
www.skepticalraptor.com
 
2012-10-16 07:29:02 PM  
But the stairs had rotted out...
 
2012-10-16 07:29:07 PM  
Just watch out for their Mass Drivers. They pack one hell of a punch.
 
2012-10-16 07:29:25 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com

Embiggen

Guess it needs updating now.
 
2012-10-16 07:29:32 PM  

Jragghen: Andromeda: HOLY FARK this is huge news and I've been celebrating since I read it. I don't care if it's a bit too warm at a 3 day orbit, there's a planet around our nearest star now!

/well always has been, but now we know it

Might not even be as warm as you think it is, as B is the one with only half the luminosity of the Sun.

/3 day orbit still means it's probably too hot, but still.


Might even be tidally locked at that short of an orbit
 
2012-10-16 07:30:14 PM  
Don't Panic.

/To commemorate this event, we will be holding a Vogon poetry reading.
 
2012-10-16 07:30:15 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Snapper Carr: Soon

Why would you play Santiago? Deirdre is where it's at


Blame Gamespot, it's their screenie

/Usually played Zakharov (research bonus ftw)
 
2012-10-16 07:31:32 PM  
Sid Meier was right!
 
2012-10-16 07:31:35 PM  
I, for one, welcome our new insect over lords.
 
2012-10-16 07:31:43 PM  
Link Not impressed.
 
2012-10-16 07:31:57 PM  

Snapper Carr: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Snapper Carr: Soon

Why would you play Santiago? Deirdre is where it's at

Blame Gamespot, it's their screenie

/Usually played Zakharov (research bonus ftw)


I prefer my army of hippie mind worms
 
2012-10-16 07:32:23 PM  

FlashHarry: "beware of the leopard."


FTFY
 
2012-10-16 07:32:50 PM  
I bet not only are earth-like planets pretty common, but that they also have life, and that life closely resembles ours, assuming similar planet mass and composition (and therefore gravity), similar distance to their star, and the light being emitted by that star. Our star type is numerous.

Green plants, 4 legged animals, insects, sea creatures - they'd look recognizably similar, depending on their point in evolution. Meteor strikes would shake things up a bit, but there's a good chance such a planet would feel like home.
 
2012-10-16 07:33:04 PM  

Snapper Carr: [imageshack.us image 450x338]

Soon


Whenever there's a thread about Alpha Centauri, I'm always scrambling to post a pic from that game, and I'm always too slow.

/miss that game so much
//still have the CDs around here somewhere
 
2012-10-16 07:33:30 PM  

C-ya later, assholes!



i1180.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-16 07:33:33 PM  

Pray 4 Mojo: I, for one, welcome our new insect large-breasted Amazonian nymphomaniac over lords.


FTFY
 
2012-10-16 07:33:38 PM  

olddeegee: Link Not impressed.


i689.photobucket.com
Better.....
 
2012-10-16 07:33:43 PM  
Hopefully the planet isn't inhabited by an idyllic society of geneticist/fishermen intent on murdering all visitors

/obscure?
 
2012-10-16 07:33:43 PM  
No farking way! This is huge, but NASA will still never get funds. This will not inspire people enough to make the population demand NASA be funded.
 
2012-10-16 07:33:50 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-16 07:33:56 PM  
Wake me up when we can do this.
justanotherworthlessblog.files.wordpress.com
/why don't you drop out of that green suit and show me that phat ass!
 
2012-10-16 07:34:14 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vlZcuiQ7Qk

Soon.
 
2012-10-16 07:34:23 PM  

Tamater: So THAT's where Ann Coulter is from.

Nice.


I'm pretty sure she's from somewhere in the vicinity of Sirius.
 
2012-10-16 07:34:23 PM  
Apparently the article is only readable from Alpha Centauri
 
2012-10-16 07:34:26 PM  
Dreamers and poets and clowns?
 
2012-10-16 07:34:37 PM  

Snapper Carr: [imageshack.us image 450x338]

Soon


TOO LATE!

/it's already installed
 
2012-10-16 07:34:51 PM  
What a trip to Alpha Centauri B might look like...

Shakedown Cruise
 
2012-10-16 07:35:31 PM  
www.meredy.com 
/ Hot like Judy
 
2012-10-16 07:35:54 PM  
Does this mean we're one step closer to drone riots and nerve stapling?
 
2012-10-16 07:35:57 PM  
Let's see God explain himself out of this one.
 
2012-10-16 07:36:03 PM  
To bad our president seemsto have a major hate on for anything space related. Another 20 years of that type of thinking and we will no longer have the ability to find out amazing things like this. (I also know romney will damn well do the same as obama so im not just being a blind derpy obama hater.)
 
2012-10-16 07:37:49 PM  
So we have two threads on this now?

And yeah, link is farked.
 
2012-10-16 07:38:44 PM  
News like this will upset the proles and lead to

DRONE RIOTS

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-16 07:38:53 PM  

cfffffgagffacfacfacfacfacccccfcaaffff: Let's see God explain himself out of this one.


Oh, I hadn't thought of that. *logic*
 
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