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Old 11-09-2012, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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HD 40307 g: Another Habitable Planet

Astronomers may have just found a planet we could really live on



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Working with publicly available data from the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) in Chile, a team of researchers at the University of Hertfordshire Centre for Astrophysics Research focused on three different exoplanets, all super Earths (meaning their mass is greater than our own planet), surrounding HD 40307, an orange dwarf star about 43 light-years away from Earth.

But of those three the last one, HD 40307 g, is proving to be the most interesting. It's orbiting in the star's habitable zone, which means it could have liquid water, but it's also orbiting far enough away to avoid tidal lock. This means that, unlike cosmic bodies like our moon, one side of the planet isn't always hot while the other is always cold. This means it doesn't have the extreme weather conditions that other tidally locked planets have (searing heat on one side, freezing cold and darkness on the other), and makes it even more like Earth.
It's only 43 light years away. We've got to start working on our warp drives immediately.

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"A more detailed characterization of this candidate is very unlikely using ground based studies because it is very unlikely [sic] to transit the star, and a direct imaging mission seems the most promising way of learning more about its possible atmosphere and life-hosting capabilities," the team said in a paper set to be published in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
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Re: HD 40307 g: Another Habitable Planet

I want to move to that shit now. Me, a few Sam Beam albums, two warp drives and I'm there overnight.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there air? You don't know! You don't know!
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Re: HD 40307 g: Another Habitable Planet

It would already need life to sustain humans. Is there life on this planet? Anyway, we'll never know, it's way too far away for anyone to ever reach it. Same reason why we shouldn't worry if there are aliens, because even if there are the distances are too vast for us to ever make contact.
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Re: HD 40307 g: Another Habitable Planet

First things first, is there any oil and how do we mine it?
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No oil, beryllium spheres.
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It would already need life to sustain humans. Is there life on this planet? Anyway, we'll never know, it's way too far away for anyone to ever reach it. Same reason why we shouldn't worry if there are aliens, because even if there are the distances are too vast for us to ever make contact.
Thanks for the science lesson. I'll tell NASA to shut down now.
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NASA is shut down. Maybe CASA is working overtime in the great white north?
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No oil, beryllium spheres.
OK, now you're pushing it.

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Thanks for the science lesson. I'll tell NASA to shut down now.
NASA is shut down. Maybe CASA is working overtime in the great white north?
They are, unfortunately they're still trying to perfect the defrosting system for the spacecraft and beer-batter waffles that survive space travel.
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Well, even if we never try deep space exploration, it sounds like their work will benefit mankind on earth.
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You idiots do understand we invented the space arm correct?
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Re: HD 40307 g: Another Habitable Planet

I see you two aren't like minded with my views, but I know there are those on this site that agree that a return to discovery is exactly what America needs.

America's golden age where the rest of the world looked up to you in awe was when you were reaching for the stars, cranking out life changing discoveries in every field, and your military missions were about peace keeping.

You're a pathetic shell of that now, and its saddening to see so many have forgot what used to make their country great.
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What? This isn't Halo.
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