Kepler 22b

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Tweefo (December 06, 2011, 10:08:39 AM):
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.
cyghost (December 06, 2011, 10:45:42 AM):
So kepler found kepler22b orbiting kepler 22.

copper clapper caper springs to mind....


Who are "they"? The media?

ETA: re-read and got my answer for above. :-[ I'm not sure they will myself. here is a link for anyone interested. NASA ain't claiming life so the media better behave or we'll sick tweefo on em!
st0nes (December 06, 2011, 11:59:47 AM):
They should really think about giving the interesting finds better names. Kepler 22B just doesn't cut it. The triple-breasted whore of Kepler 22B? Nah. I'm sure the folk who live there call it something else.
brianvds (December 06, 2011, 12:17:01 PM):
They should really think about giving the interesting finds better names. Kepler 22B just doesn't cut it. The triple-breasted whore of Kepler 22B? Nah. I'm sure the folk who live there call it something else.

How about LV-426...? :-)

st0nes (December 06, 2011, 12:18:52 PM):
They should really think about giving the interesting finds better names. Kepler 22B just doesn't cut it. The triple-breasted whore of Kepler 22B? Nah. I'm sure the folk who live there call it something else.

How about LV-426...? :-)


I don't wish to know anyone who calls his planet LV-426

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