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(Forbes)   Scientists use their Subaru to find a water-world 40 light years from Earth   (forbes.com) divider line 33
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2013-09-05 09:25:39 AM
What's this about lesbian astronomers?
 
2013-09-05 09:35:30 AM
Say what, now?

www.writeups.org
 
2013-09-05 09:36:56 AM
2.7 times the mass seems a little insignificant on the cosmic scale, doesn't it?
I guess the problem is that planetary classification is still very qualitative.
 
2013-09-05 09:38:39 AM

starsrift: I guess the problem is that planetary classification is still very qualitative.


Pluto nods in agreement.
 
2013-09-05 09:47:25 AM
Waterworld was the only movie to be made into a videogame for the Virtual Boy.

/had that as a trivia question last night
 
2013-09-05 09:58:06 AM
I makes me sad that we likely won't see any reasonable transportation to any of these worlds in my lifetime.
 
2013-09-05 10:10:37 AM
Man, that four-wheel drive really comes in handy.
 
2013-09-05 10:14:56 AM

starsrift: 2.7 times the mass seems a little insignificant on the cosmic scale, doesn't it?
I guess the problem is that planetary classification is still very qualitative.


Actually, it's 2.7 times the radius of earth, and 6.6 times the mass. It is, however, less dense than earth, and has a surface gravity of 0.91g.
 
2013-09-05 10:23:18 AM
Well, I have Quality Assurance saying that we will never ever ever ever ever ever ever see such a place, so why bother, right??
 
2013-09-05 10:40:03 AM
It's a good place to stop if you need to replace your starship's ice shield. Especially if you starship's ice shield.
 
2013-09-05 10:40:48 AM

WaitWhatWhy: starsrift: 2.7 times the mass seems a little insignificant on the cosmic scale, doesn't it?
I guess the problem is that planetary classification is still very qualitative.

Actually, it's 2.7 times the radius of earth, and 6.6 times the mass. It is, however, less dense than earth, and has a surface gravity of 0.91g.


Ah mass effect planet descriptions, I could read them all day
 
2013-09-05 10:40:50 AM
Crap, that second sentence shouldn't have been there.
 
2013-09-05 11:20:35 AM

Fano: What's this about lesbian astronomers?


I only recently became aware of the lesbians-drive-Subarus meme, so I'm getting a kick out of your reply. Unfortunately I'm not getting any lesbians out of it, not that we'd really know what to do with each other.

What's starting to worry me is that my wife goes out of her way to borrow my 2003 Subaru when she has a much newer and nicer Ford of her own. :/
 
2013-09-05 11:20:52 AM
Lesbian scientists?
 
2013-09-05 11:34:02 AM

semiotix: Fano: What's this about lesbian astronomers?

I only recently became aware of the lesbians-drive-Subarus meme, so I'm getting a kick out of your reply. Unfortunately I'm not getting any lesbians out of it, not that we'd really know what to do with each other.

What's starting to worry me is that my wife goes out of her way to borrow my 2003 Subaru when she has a much newer and nicer Ford of her own. :/


Hey, my soccer mom sister drives a Subaru Forester and she's not a lesbian.  So like everything else there are exceptions to the rule.  Or maybe my brother in law is a...  oh dear.
 
2013-09-05 11:34:36 AM

semiotix: Fano: What's this about lesbian astronomers?

I only recently became aware of the lesbians-drive-Subarus meme, so I'm getting a kick out of your reply. Unfortunately I'm not getting any lesbians out of it, not that we'd really know what to do with each other.

What's starting to worry me is that my wife goes out of her way to borrow my 2003 Subaru when she has a much newer and nicer Ford of her own. :/


You don't want the type of lesbians that drive Subarus.
 
2013-09-05 11:39:09 AM

semiotix: Fano: What's this about lesbian astronomers?

I only recently became aware of the lesbians-drive-Subarus meme, so I'm getting a kick out of your reply. Unfortunately I'm not getting any lesbians out of it, not that we'd really know what to do with each other.

What's starting to worry me is that my wife goes out of her way to borrow my 2003 Subaru when she has a much newer and nicer Ford of her own. :/


The only other reference I could think of would have been the canceled Swordquest game.

After all, Costner's Waterworld was Earth.

Anyway, maybe this could lead to a three way or something. Wiser folks on Fark could advise you on the ways of Sappho.
 
2013-09-05 11:52:54 AM

WaitWhatWhy: Actually, it's 2.7 times the radius of earth, and 6.6 times the mass. It is, however, less dense than earth, and has a surface gravity of 0.91g.

"

GJ 1214 b was first detected by the MEarth Project."

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Say what now?
 
2013-09-05 11:53:28 AM

PizzaJedi81: starsrift: I guess the problem is that planetary classification is still very qualitative.

Pluto nods in agreement.


i198.photobucket.com
That's messed up.
 
2013-09-05 12:15:12 PM
Will they find a clone army there?
 
2013-09-05 01:05:54 PM
Only 40 light years from Earth. Honey pack your bags!
 
2013-09-05 01:40:33 PM

Fano: What's this about lesbian astronomers?


I figured there was a Pleiades in there somewhere, as if the badge of the astronomer's car was a fortunate bit of inspiration.

ih0.redbubble.net
 
2013-09-05 01:47:39 PM
From my experience with Subaru, they will get a good solid 10 lightyears of use before the electrical system gets wonky, or the engine throws a rod. Better sign up for interplanetary AAA before the trip.
 
2013-09-05 01:54:30 PM

WaitWhatWhy: starsrift: 2.7 times the mass seems a little insignificant on the cosmic scale, doesn't it?
I guess the problem is that planetary classification is still very qualitative.

Actually, it's 2.7 times the radius of earth, and 6.6 times the mass. It is, however, less dense than earth, and has a surface gravity of 0.91g.


So I could dunk there then?
 
2013-09-05 02:26:19 PM

WaitWhatWhy: starsrift: 2.7 times the mass seems a little insignificant on the cosmic scale, doesn't it?
I guess the problem is that planetary classification is still very qualitative.

Actually, it's 2.7 times the radius of earth, and 6.6 times the mass. It is, however, less dense than earth, and has a surface gravity of 0.91g.


It's sobering to realize it would have 7.3 times the surface area of Earth. Which means if only 4% of its area was dry, it would still have as much land.
 
2013-09-05 02:44:50 PM
Damn, now I wanna play Starflight.
 
2013-09-05 03:04:43 PM
They should have driven in her pink Cadillac.  {Hold out for last verse here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y56S9vIuODo
 
2013-09-05 03:06:52 PM
No space-Winnebago?

static.rcgroups.net
 
2013-09-05 03:07:18 PM
/checks

This research is based on data gathered on nights when no Farkers were working at the telescope.

/they did have a Redditor one night, though.
 
2013-09-05 04:50:59 PM

StrangeQ: I makes me sad that we likely won't see any reasonable transportation to any of these worlds in my lifetime.


Your choice: I can sell you a time machine that runs on crystals. OR, a do-it-yourself home cryogenic station with a built in egg timer.
 
2013-09-05 06:19:13 PM
Ah Scheißen, that there's an especially nice neighborhood.
 
2013-09-05 11:40:46 PM
Read the article, no they didn't.
 
2013-09-06 01:00:55 AM

StrangeQ: I makes me sad that we likely won't see any reasonable transportation to any of these worlds in my lifetime.


Well, considering relativistic time dilation and an Orion drive, your "lifetime" would probably be more than adequate to get there.

'Course, you'd just show up after thousands of years in slow time only to find the place has been settled by the descendents of the Jersey Shore cast.

Like the Forever War, except all of humanity turns out to be orange instead of gay.
 
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