Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I still love you Pluto.

Stop greiving for Pluto, it was inhabitable anyway. Set your new horizon on Gliese 581c, or Planet c for short. Its mass is 50% greater than Earth, it has a sun-like star which it revolves around and they might just have oceans!

Fake enthusiasm aside, astronomers believe that this might just be a planet that could hold life all the qualifications just seem to add up.
“Because of its temperature and relative proximity,” said astronomer Xavier Delfosse of France’s Grenoble University, who was on the discovery team, “this planet will most probably be a very important target of the future space missions dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. On the treasure map of the universe, one would be tempted to mark this planet with an X.”

Delfosse is treating this opportunity with a new planet as a treasure and you probably should too, especially with the many warnings of Global Warming.

This planet is 20 light years away. A light year is an astronomical unit used to measure outer-space because miles and kilometers are just silly measurements to the vasntess of space. Planet c is so far away that they are just getting the radiowaves from the 1980s.

Also Planet Gliese 581-c orbits around its sun every 13 days, so the need for New Year resolutions would be moot. It would be a 13 day resolution and everyone can last that long, right?

The question now is, will anybody be signing up to take the 20 year long trip just to make it over to Planet Gliese-581C? Time will only tell but for now-- Pluto has a replacement.

Scientists find most Earth-like planet yet [CNN]
Astronmers Discover an Earth Like Planet.[Newsweek]

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