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(CNN)   CNN runs story on scienticians being "very close" to finding another Earth, begins preparing new Flight 370 mobile bureau   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Earth, Hubble Space Telescope, John Grunsfeld, Kepler space telescope, Environmental Research, Sara Seager, James Webb Space Telescope, age of the universe  
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2014-07-15 02:25:02 PM  
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I look forward to two hundred years from now, when we start picking up radio signals from a planet with intelligent life. Get all excited. Start to decode it. Then realize it is our own signals reflected back at us.
2014-07-15 11:57:26 AM  
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I don't see how you can know you're close to discovering another Earth.  Wouldn't that kind of imply you know roughly where it is?  Or are they expanding the definition of "another Earth" so anything they find somewhat near the Goldilocks zone with a surface gravity between .2 and 5 G qualifies?

Or is this just a bullshiat sciency story written by a junior reporter who knows nothing about science aimed at readers who know nothing about science so we can all feel optimistic about a Star Trek utopia being just a few weeks away.
2014-07-15 03:52:29 PM  
1 vote:
Did someone say "another Earth"??

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2014-07-15 01:49:12 PM  
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Lt. Cheese Weasel: NewWorldDan: Wake me up when we can get a probe to an exoplanet to really examine it.  Get something headed towards Barnard's Star or Alpha Centauri and see what's there.

Yea, and let the folks know to check their email in baskets in about 2 centuries(?) when that probe goes the whole 1.3 parsecs to get there.

Answered my own question.  19, 000 years if done with gravitational assistance. 81,000 years with some kind of Ion propulsion.  Better pack a lunch.
2014-07-15 12:23:25 PM  
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2014-07-15 12:17:42 PM  
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The Googles Do Nothing: How many times have we heard this same exact story?  This is all horseshiatscience.

Dude, it's only been 2 decades since they started detecting any planets outside our solar system at all.

And Kepler reports are only 4 years old.


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2014-07-15 12:16:31 PM  
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Another Earth? Do they worship the sun?

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2014-07-15 12:13:49 PM  
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For those not in the Know,  Because of Unforseen Stellar noise unsuspected before the design and launch of Kepler
 There are Restrictions on The Kepler Mission that have turned up AND THEY ARE HUGE.

   The Kepler Mission CANNOT spot an earth sized
   world at either  the distances of Venus Earth or Mars.
  THAT ORBIT Stars of the    F,G,K  TYPE  (somewhat like our SUN)

Which Means That the planets in the Habitable Zone,  Kepler is discovering are orbiting  M type stars (red dwarfs)
So what you say?

Well Red Dwarfs are a bad place for a planet to orbit, even at the "habitable zone"

1)  Planet is so close that due to conservation of angular momentum,  ONE SIDE ALWAYS FACES THE RED SUN AND

2)  Red Dwarfs almost always have HUGE FLARES,  enough to fry surface inhabitants if Planet at the wrong place and time.

3)  This flaring has the potential to strip away a planet's atmosphere.

4)  Because of the difference temperature difference between NIght and Day,   Titanic Storms and Winds would be a constant menace. (at least while the atmosphere lasts)
2014-07-15 12:12:17 PM  
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Lt. Cheese Weasel: Here we go again.......

Are you so bored and cynical you can't get excited over the unlikely possibilities of a vast and infinite universe?
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