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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    From what I read, it's my understanding that this planet doesn't rotate. Half of it is constantly fixed towards it parent star, and the other half is in permanent darkness. That makes one side incredibly hot and the other side freezing. The only place on it that is theoretically habitable is the line between these two climate zones. It also has a 37 day orbit around its star. I would hardly call it earth-like. That comparison probably relates to its size and the fact that it's in the potential life zone of orbit.

    Sadly, humans will probably not make it to the stars at the rate we're going. I know many people are hopeful but, unless we solve our energy problems and the way we conduct economy, our society is just going to collapse and go back to an earlier stage again. I have heard it theorized that that is basically what humans have done throughout history... risen and fallen, going from advanced back to primitive conditions again. Until we have a stable global platform from which to start to foster social and material stability, combined with intensive space programs, we are not really going anywhere. Forget about our sun blowing up. We won't be around to see that... either because we evolved into something completely different, we left, or we self-annihilated. Either way, our existence on earth will be brief in cosmic terms.

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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Existing in the "Goldilocks" zone is but one indicator of an Earth-like planet. Other critical components would include star size/composition/heliosphere, stable star-system orbit scheme, planetary tilt and rotation, composition, magnetosphere, atmosphere, temp ranges, tectonics, companion satellite, etc.
    You forgot a chain of McDonald's.
    Without that, all bets are off.
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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    I say we take a preemptive strike against these aliens from outer space and nuke 'em. Better safe than sorry ya know.

    Whose with me on this?

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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I say we take a preemptive strike against these aliens from outer space and nuke 'em. Better safe than sorry ya know.

    Whose with me on this?
    I'm definitely with yea, just have to find my Romulan battle cruiser.
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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I'm definitely with yea, just have to find my Romulan battle cruiser.
    Bummer, my Death Star is in the shop.

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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Bummer, my Death Star is in the shop.
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    I'll let you have the captains chair, just don't put any scratches on it.
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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    I say we take a preemptive strike against these aliens from outer space and nuke 'em. Better safe than sorry ya know.

    Whose with me on this?
    I heard they have yellowcake uranium ...

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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    From the Article: "Gliese 581, which is only 20 light years from Earth."

    In other words even if it is habitable we won't be getting there in any of our life times, unless we discover the warp drive sometime soon. If it does have intelligent life on the planet then the only way we're going to be talking to them anytime soon is if we get our Ansible's out. Even if we did decide to go colonize the planet it would take a few generations to even get there. Don't get to excited people. It's cool and all... but this is more a story for our great great grandkids then us.

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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    The Earth is going to be consumed eventually by our Sun as it expands as it dies.
    Every Star in this Universe will die in some manner just like our Sun so simply finding another Planet within the comfort zone of its Sun is not enough.

    The key to the ultimate survival of civilizations is to figure out how to bring energy to planets at a safe distance from their stars.....stars of the type that will not explode into a supernova...

    The key to the ultimate survival of civilizations is to figure out how to creat energy long after all the Stars in the Universe burn out...

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    Re: US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    This is really cool. Finding, and possible communicating with other intelligent beings out there would be the coolest thing I can think of. You know, as long as they don't go Independence Day on our ass.
    They're no match for Will Smith.

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