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(New York Daily News)   Astronomers say Milky Way could contain 200 billion planets. Yes, this is a repeat from Giordano Bruno in the 1500s - but this time, they won't be burned at the stake... probably   (nydailynews.com) divider line 34
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2013-01-04 09:21:47 AM  
Peer-review just isn't rigorous any more.
 
2013-01-04 09:22:07 AM  
I say the Milky Way contains 547,365,729,841 planets and 1 Pluto... roughly.

Thanks to that qualifier, I'm as correct as they are thanks to that qualifier.
 
2013-01-04 09:26:37 AM  
The Giordano Bruno reference...did he speculate about planets around other stars? It seems a little early for that. Who was the first to speculate that stars were objects similar to the sun?
 
2013-01-04 09:40:42 AM  

pciszek: Who was the first to speculate that stars were objects similar to the sun?


God -- when he created the universe. Duh!
 
2013-01-04 09:41:03 AM  
These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat.
 
2013-01-04 09:50:24 AM  
That's a lot of condos to develop. I hope Elon Musk has enough money in his piggy bank to indulge his childhood dreams.
 
2013-01-04 09:54:49 AM  

UNC_Samurai: These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat.


So, then...  cooking them at the stake is okay?
 
2013-01-04 09:59:54 AM  

pciszek: The Giordano Bruno reference...did he speculate about planets around other stars? It seems a little early for that. Who was the first to speculate that stars were objects similar to the sun?


He actually did assert that the stars in the sky were other suns like ours, around which orbited other planets and was burned at the stake for his heretical insight.
 
2013-01-04 10:05:14 AM  

UNC_Samurai: These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat.


i say we mark the whole sector as uninhabitated and be done with it.
 
2013-01-04 10:06:34 AM  
PSSST, I HEARD THERE'S OIL IN THEM
 
2013-01-04 10:06:59 AM  
Nowadays he'd be denied tenure for his "sciency" views.
 
2013-01-04 10:26:29 AM  
What does Sasha Baron Cohen have to do with astronomy
 
2013-01-04 10:39:20 AM  

pciszek: The Giordano Bruno reference...did he speculate about planets around other stars? It seems a little early for that. Who was the first to speculate that stars were objects similar to the sun?


That was Bruno. He also figured that each of those stars had a habitable planet with intelligent life on it. THAT was the hereby thing he got Inquisitioned over.
 
2013-01-04 10:44:23 AM  

LewDux: PSSST, I HEARD THERE'S OIL IN THEM


Actually one of Titan's many lakes has more hydrocarbons than all the coal reserves of Earth. If we could just get there with enough haulin' power to bring those hydrocarbons back in bulk we could easily be set for life with energy.
 
2013-01-04 10:51:39 AM  
How many are "M class"?

And how many have attractive humanoid females on them? (color and breast count irrelevant)

And how many of these do they want to have sexual relations which are safe?


Out of 200 billion plus...the odds are not in my favor.
 
2013-01-04 10:53:34 AM  
200 billion planets? That actually looks like a low estimate, if the Milky Way galaxy is still estimated to possess 250-300 billion stars and it looks like most stars will possess multiple planetary bodies.
 
2013-01-04 10:55:16 AM  

doglover: Actually one of Titan's many lakes has more hydrocarbons than all the coal reserves of Earth. If we could just get there with enough haulin' power to bring those hydrocarbons back in bulk we could easily be set for life with energy.


If we had the energy to haul trillions of tons of stuff back from Titan, maybe we could just use it instead.
 
2013-01-04 10:57:44 AM  

doglover: LewDux: PSSST, I HEARD THERE'S OIL IN THEM

Actually one of Titan's many lakes has more hydrocarbons than all the coal reserves of Earth. If we could just get there with enough haulin' power to bring those hydrocarbons back in bulk we could easily be set for life with energy.


No, we just have to haul enough oxygen from Earth to Titan.
 
2013-01-04 11:10:42 AM  

rogue49: And how many have attractive humanoid females on them? (color and breast count irrelevant)


Breast count is relevant. I'm hoping for greater than zero, but less than six.
 
2013-01-04 11:14:17 AM  
but this time, they won't be burned at the stake... probably

Best we don't take chances. Lemme find a torch, you guys, find a big pile of wood.

/dibs on the planet of space amazons
 
2013-01-04 11:16:36 AM  

jigger: doglover: LewDux: PSSST, I HEARD THERE'S OIL IN THEM

Actually one of Titan's many lakes has more hydrocarbons than all the coal reserves of Earth. If we could just get there with enough haulin' power to bring those hydrocarbons back in bulk we could easily be set for life with energy.

No, we just have to haul enough oxygen from Earth to Titan.


NASA once had a plan to use liquid hydrogen to make water from moon soil and extract any oxygen from that for long space travel. They also had a rover called SCARAB to get oxygen directly from the soil so that they didn't have to lift it into space. I wonder if NASA is even interested anymore.
 
2013-01-04 11:34:46 AM  
Our solar system may consist of only eight planets, but our Milky Way galaxy might contain close to 200 billion planets, according to a recent study.

Looks like The Emperor's got his work cut out for him.

arinashi.com
/in the grim, dark future...
 
2013-01-04 12:03:29 PM  
I always think of dudes back then who faced groups like the Inquisition whenever I hear people complaining about "freedom of speech" and "my freedoms". We still have flaws in our society, but I hate when people act like humanity has never been this bad. Back then our political parties would just kill anyone who disagreed with their party line, rather than trying to discredit them through insults in the media. Makes me feel thankful for being born AFTER the last 4,000 years.
 
2013-01-04 12:44:10 PM  

lemurs: pciszek: The Giordano Bruno reference...did he speculate about planets around other stars? It seems a little early for that. Who was the first to speculate that stars were objects similar to the sun?

He actually did assert that the stars in the sky were other suns like ours, around which orbited other planets and was burned at the stake for his heretical insight.


That is just freaking amazing (except for the burned at the stake part). Was he the first person to go on record with that idea?
 
2013-01-04 12:53:01 PM  

doglover: LewDux: PSSST, I HEARD THERE'S OIL IN THEM

Actually one of Titan's many lakes has more hydrocarbons than all the coal reserves of Earth. If we could just get there with enough haulin' power to bring those hydrocarbons back in bulk we could easily be set for life with energy.


And if I could teleport, I could have caught up with that bus I just missed.
 
2013-01-04 12:54:42 PM  

Electromax: I always think of dudes back then who faced groups like the Inquisition whenever I hear people complaining about "freedom of speech" and "my freedoms". We still have flaws in our society, but I hate when people act like humanity has never been this bad. Back then our political parties would just kill anyone who disagreed with their party line, rather than trying to discredit them through insults in the media. Makes me feel thankful for being born AFTER the last 4,000 years.


They would if they still could. Concerning Bruno from the wiki article:

Late Vatican position

In the years since Bruno's execution, the Vatican has published few official statements about the matter. In 1942, Cardinal Giovanni Mercati, who discovered a number of lost documents relating to Bruno's trial, stated that the Church was perfectly justified in condemning him. On the 400th anniversary of Bruno's death, in 2000, Cardinal Angelo Sodano declared Bruno's death to be a "sad episode" but, despite his regret, he defended Bruno's prosecutors, maintaining that the Inquisitors "had the desire to serve freedom and promote the common good and did everything possible to save his life."[27]

Yeah, they did everything possible to save his life, aside from not burning his ass the fark up at the stake. Gee, thanks, kind and wise Catholics.
 
2013-01-04 01:17:39 PM  

offmymeds: Our solar system may consist of only eight planets, but our Milky Way galaxy might contain close to 200 billion planets, according to a recent study.

Looks like The Emperor's got his work cut out for him.

[arinashi.com image 367x475]
/in the grim, dark future...


I don't happen to know the reference, but is that dude's body strangely ginormous or is his head really, really tiny?
 
2013-01-04 02:03:05 PM  

jigger: doglover: LewDux: PSSST, I HEARD THERE'S OIL IN THEM

Actually one of Titan's many lakes has more hydrocarbons than all the coal reserves of Earth. If we could just get there with enough haulin' power to bring those hydrocarbons back in bulk we could easily be set for life with energy.

No, we just have to haul enough oxygen from Earth to Titan.


Um - only once.   Once you're there you can get water from any of the Saturnian moons and get oxygen from that.
 
2013-01-04 03:02:41 PM  

meanmutton: pciszek: The Giordano Bruno reference...did he speculate about planets around other stars? It seems a little early for that. Who was the first to speculate that stars were objects similar to the sun?

That was Bruno. He also figured that each of those stars had a habitable planet with intelligent life on it. THAT was the hereby thing he got Inquisitioned over.


Not quite there yet, gang. Bruno didn't quite get to speculating about alien lifeforms, but he did believe that the other stars were just like ours - just like ours. He basically thought that the other stars were billions of copies of this solar system and this Earth, because it would be heretical to suggest anything else from the Bible. Anybody on one of those other Earths, reading the Bible, would still be correct in saying that God created the Earth and mankind in his image because it was still true, only that there were billions of other Earths too with identical origins. Ultimately what got him into trouble was the suggestion of multiple Christs on these multiple Earths. These weren't alien Christs...same guy, but out there instead of here; alternatively, out there and here at the same time. Thales had already suggested that the Sun was a star a thousand years before, and the notion of aliens is much more ancient than that.
 
2013-01-04 03:47:50 PM  

Thelyphthoric: offmymeds: Our solar system may consist of only eight planets, but our Milky Way galaxy might contain close to 200 billion planets, according to a recent study.

Looks like The Emperor's got his work cut out for him.

[arinashi.com image 367x475]
/in the grim, dark future...

I don't happen to know the reference, but is that dude's body strangely ginormous or is his head really, really tiny?


It's The Emperor of Man from Warhammer 40k, and his body is actually proportional, his armor is just ~30 cm thick in places.
 
2013-01-04 06:40:16 PM  

Farker Soze: Yeah, they did everything possible to save his life, aside from not burning his ass the fark up at the stake. Gee, thanks, kind and wise Catholics.



They even offered him the chance to repent before they lit the fire. Of course, the fact that they had also driven a spike through his jaw and tongue made that a bit problematic.
 
2013-01-04 09:17:52 PM  

Doc Batarang: the notion of aliens is much more ancient than that.


I see what you did there
 
2013-01-05 02:32:10 AM  

machoprogrammer: Doc Batarang: the notion of aliens is much more ancient than that.

I see what you did there


Pshaw!
 
2013-01-05 02:41:40 AM  
With the exception of those planets/moons in our solar system, they're all so far away that without a radical advance in thrust/deflection/shielding... humans will never reach these distant worlds. We have 800 million years left before the oceans start boiling away. At least we'll all be dead long before that's a concern. :)
 
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