Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

In the red-dwarf star system Gliese 581 (20 ly from the Solar System), a (probably) rocky planet has been discovered. It is orbiting within the region of the star system where liquid water can form. (It is a much closer and smaller band than exists in our own star system, but apparently this planet falls within it).

It just might be the first earth-like planet we've discovered (after our own, of course)!

http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=367459&ssid=27&sid=ENV

The planet is estimated to be 50% larger than Earth. Furthermore, red dwarf systems are very long lived, so if there is liquid water on this planet, there is also a good time window for life to have formed (or form, later on).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=450467&in_page_id=1965

4 Comments:

Anonymous Gordon Vaughan said...

The first link isn't working anymore, but this is:

http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=367580&sid=ENV&ssid=27

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 8:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reminds me of the Star Trek Voyager episode "In The Blink OF An Eye" for some reason. How big IS this news?

I'm picking up a HUGE silence about it's discovery... or is that illusionary ?

Maybe things are "bottoming out" initially as the huge nature of this news sinks in.

I know it knocked me for six. I did'nt know what I was doing for at least 24 hours ... LOL!

DJ Barney

Friday, April 27, 2007 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger qwerty182764 said...

It seems people aren't that interested in the discovery. I've never quite understood that myself. I mean, I know the discovery of planets, even (possibly) habitable ones, in other star systems isn't going to immediately impact anyone's life here on earth.

But it does set the imagination on fire, and it does start providing some actual answers, as opposed to speculation, to fill in that old Drake equation.

Sunday, April 29, 2007 4:49:00 PM  
Blogger qwerty182764 said...

"How big IS this news?"

It was on drudge report for about a day. That's how big the news is. :-P

Sunday, April 29, 2007 4:50:00 PM  

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