NASA Finds Earth-like Planet in the Milky Way

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  1. buried20kleague

    buried20kleague Well-Known Member VIP

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    Howard related because he says there's no life anywhere else in the universe and he's a fucking moron.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/us/feat-nasa-kepler-planet-discovery/

    (CNN)NASA said Thursday that its Kepler spacecraft has spotted "Earth's bigger, older cousin": the first nearly Earth-size planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own.

    Though NASA can't say for sure whether the planet is rocky like ours or has water and air, it's the closest match yet found.

    "Today, Earth is a little less lonely," Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said.

    The planet, Kepler-452b, is about 1,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. It's about 60% bigger than Earth, NASA says, and is located in its star's habitable zone -- the region where life-sustaining liquid water is possible on the surface of a planet.

    A visitor there would experience gravity about twice that of Earth's, and planetary scientists say the odds of it having a rocky surface are "better than even."

    While it's a bit farther from its star than Earth is from the sun, its star is brighter, so the planet gets about the same amount of energy from its star as Earth does from the sun. And that sunlight would be very similar to Earth's, Jenkins said.

    The planet "almost certainly has an atmosphere," Jenkins said, although scientists can't say what it's made of. But if the assumptions of planetary geologists are correct, he said, Kepler-452b's atmosphere would probably be thicker than Earth's, and it would have active volcanoes.

    It takes 385 days for the planet to orbit its star, very similar to Earth's 365-day year, NASA said. And because it's spent so long orbiting in this zone -- 6 billion years -- it's had plenty of time to brew life, Jenkins said.

    "That's substantial opportunity for life to arise, should all the necessary ingredients and conditions for life exist on this planet," he said in a statement.

    Before the discovery of this planet, one called Kepler-186f was considered the most Earthlike,according to NASA. That planet, no more than a 10th bigger than Earth, is about 500 light-years away from us. But it gets only about a third of the energy from its star as Earth does from the sun, and noon there would look similar to the evening sky here, NASA says.

    The $600 million Kepler mission launched in 2009 with a goal to survey a portion of the Milky Way for habitable planets.

    From a vantage point 64 million miles from Earth, it scans the light from distant stars, looking for almost imperceptible drops in a star's brightness, suggesting a planet has passed in front of it.

    It has discovered more than 1,000 planets. Twelve of those, including Kepler-425b, have been less than twice the size of Earth and in the habitable zones of the stars they orbit.

    Missions are being readied to move scientists closer to the goal of finding yet more planets and cataloging their atmospheres and other characteristics.

    In 2017, NASA plans to launch a planet-hunting satellite called TESS that will be able to provide scientists with more detail on the size, mass and atmospheres of planets circling distant stars.

    The next year, the James Webb Space Telescope will go up. That platform, NASA says, will provide astonishing insights into other worlds, including their color, seasonal differences, weather and even the potential presence of vegetation.
     
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    Dibs!

    Planet Lazy Hand has been registered with the Interplanetary Land Brokerage and Piss Jug Retail Society, you understand. Now, if you cheap Jew sons a bitches would find it in your heart, you could finance my damn spaceship and things of this nature!

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    Well, it's in the Cygnus vortex now. I fear this endeavor may end in a tragic loss.
     
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    An entire other world for @garypagetwo to be rejected in
     
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    It would be funny if their ving was not a retard
     
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    What I find interesting is that movies always show little green men, and many times they're depicted as locusts decending on Earth to take it's resources...

    When in reality it'll probably end up that WE'RE the "little green men" and we'll ABSOLUTELY be the locusts.
     
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    You been standing outside an Apple store?
     
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    Don't worry. The Millennial generation is so lazy and self-absorbed that they won't be able to build a ship to carry them to Walgreen's.
     
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    theyre setting us up for something. they probably already know of life there. in the state that our world is in, we need something inspirational like finding life elsewhere to perhaps show us that our world is a lot less significant than we'd like to believe.
    Then of course once first contact is made, the aliens will be labeled racist because no Terrans have been there and they don't speak any of our languages or celebrate our holidays.
     
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    With our fastest spacecraft it would take us millions of years to get there.
     
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    we don't have to go there. just knowing they are there would cause problems lol
     
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    Contact within a decade.
     
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    They don't have that much visibility..they only know it is the "goldilocks" zone...so they infer.
     
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    I sense a struggle between love and reason!

     
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