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Offline dpareja

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Habitable planet discovered?
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:50:53 pm »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/earth-sized-planet-found-in-star-s-habitable-zone-1.2613794

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For the first time, an Earth-sized planet has been found in the habitable zone of a star — the right distance away to host liquid water and possibly life.

Kepler-186f has a radius just 10 per cent larger than that of the Earth, researchers reported in a paper published online in the journal Science on Thursday. That means that it is likely to have a solid, rocky surface, like Earth.

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The new planet, discovered by the Kepler space telescope, is about 500 light years (about 4,700 trillion kilometres) away from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. It is the outermost of five planets orbiting a small, cool red dwarf star, and it completes its orbit every 130 days, reported researchers led by planetary scientist Elisa Quintana at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center.
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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 11:21:51 pm »
To be honest habitable earth like planets are a dime a dozen nowadays.

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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2014, 11:51:39 pm »
To be honest habitable earth like planets are a dime a dozen nowadays.

Actually no. Right size and right zone is rare, I think this one is the first.
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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 04:56:17 am »
Okay Hawking, get that warp drive finished ASAP.
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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2014, 08:58:06 am »
Planet Goldilocks and the Red Dwarf. Sounds better than Kepler186f. This so wonderful they finally found one like Earth. At the rate of improvement in finding these tiny, low albedo objects, maybe they will prove to be a "dime a dozen", relatively speaking.
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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2014, 09:11:48 am »
Fine, how bout "20 bucks a dozen"

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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2014, 09:41:28 am »
We should keep in mind that life on other planets might be unimaginably different from anything we could imagine.

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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2014, 10:08:56 am »
If only because it would be both disappointing and boring were it otherwise :P
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 10:48:28 am »
I'm still hoping for first contact in my lifetime.  Yes, I know the odds and science.  Doesn't mean I stop hoping.
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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014, 12:01:00 pm »
I'm still hoping for first contact in my lifetime.  Yes, I know the odds and science.  Doesn't mean I stop hoping.
I'm just hoping that the first contact will not end with the first interplanetary war for humanity.
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2014, 12:06:54 pm »
I'm still hoping for first contact in my lifetime.  Yes, I know the odds and science.  Doesn't mean I stop hoping.
I'm just hoping that the first contact will not end with the first interplanetary war for humanity.

Nah.  We're fucking DUMB, but I don't think we're that stupid.
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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2014, 12:28:51 pm »
I'm still hoping for first contact in my lifetime.  Yes, I know the odds and science.  Doesn't mean I stop hoping.
I'm just hoping that the first contact will not end with the first interplanetary war for humanity.

Nah.  We're fucking DUMB, but I don't think we're that stupid.

a) Sometimes we are incredibly stupid.

b) It is not necessarily us that start the war. We might just meet a species that is doing colonialism on an intergalactic scale or eradicates other species due to religious or philosophical reasons or something.
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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2014, 05:53:03 pm »
I'm just curious about the timespan between "first contact" and "first interspecies frick frack".
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Re: Habitable planet discovered?
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2014, 08:00:50 pm »
I don't care about first contact (Okay I do mostly to prove my bible thumping classmate with the same name as my ex wrong) all I want is for space colonization to be a thing (Cause this will lead to my biggest dream ever to join a space navy, yes I'm still obsessed with that.) Also what is the percentile for life-bearing planets (I know it's based on the whole Goldie locks zone thing) do we have some kind of equation or something for it?

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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2014, 10:42:42 pm »
The Drake Equation.
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