Kepler 22b

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brianvds (December 06, 2011, 12:23:47 PM):
I don't wish to know anyone who calls his planet LV-426


Not to worry. LV-426 is a rock - no indigenous life. Could perhaps be terraformed, mind you...

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Brian (December 06, 2011, 12:31:04 PM):
The T shirt will read: "I'm from LV-426" Naah...Better to call it "Third rock from Kepler"
BoogieMonster (December 06, 2011, 14:22:55 PM):
Pandora is an obvious choice.
GCG (December 06, 2011, 14:28:12 PM):
more importantly; who cares? unless the residents of this planet is grilling my cats for dinner, i really dont give a shit. scientifically interresting, but unless i get live to actually travel there, it has zero impact on my life.
brianvds (December 06, 2011, 15:00:19 PM):
Here we go again. The Kepler spacecraft found a planet in the Goldilock zone of a sunlike star. The Goldilocks zone is of course where it not too hot, not too cold. The newspapers are going to run with this and call it a 'second earth". I won't be surprised if they announce alien life.
The planet Kepler 22b orbits the star Kepler 22 and is about 600 light years away. It was discovered by the transit method - the light from the star gets blocked as the planet moves in front of the star. They could work out the size of the planet but not the mass. We do not know if the planet has got an atmosphere / water / continents or not. It might be just a rocky lump or a Venus like hell. But they will call it a second Earth.

Hehehe, no more than half an hour after reading this, I watched a bit of news on TV. Lo and behold: "Second earth found, possible alien life, etc etc."

And I notice that much sensation is being generated about it in the popular media as well.

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