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Closest Earth-like planet
´stroll across park´

Associated Press, by Marcia Dunn

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Posted By:Hermoine, 2/6/2013 8:35:01 PM

Cape Canaveral, Fla. - Earth-like worlds may be closer and more plentiful than anyone imagined. Astronomers reported Wednesday that the nearest Earth-like planet may be just 13 light-years away — or some 77 trillion miles. That planet hasn´t been found yet, but should be there based on the team´s study of red dwarf stars. Galactically speaking, that´s right next door. If our Milky Way galaxy were shrunk to the size of the United States, the distance between Earth and its closest Earth-like neighbor would be the span of New York's Central Park, said Harvard University graduate student

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Poor Marcia Dunn...I think she´s been had by these comedians, I mean, "scientists."

PLEASE post to word limit as shown. LCom Staff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: STLstudent, 2/6/2013 9:02:26 PM     (No. 9162670)

These worlds "may" be close, but such a planet "hasn´t been found yet." It "may" be just 13 light-years away.

Ah, yes. So-called science funded by the federal government.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: IowaDad, 2/6/2013 9:20:35 PM     (No. 9162683)

An amazing piece of journalistic junk science. The correct conclusion is that the species H sapiens is stuck on Earth for ever, unless we mount a few hundred thousand missions each capable of surviving high-speed deep-space travel for a century or two in the hope that at least one mission will find another planet we can live on.
Given the fact that we can´t even produce competent journalists, that ain´t likely.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 2/6/2013 9:35:54 PM     (No. 9162696)

N = R* . f [sub]p . n [sub]e . f [sub]l . f [sub]i . f [sub]c . L

Got that?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: zzzghy, 2/6/2013 9:36:22 PM     (No. 9162697)

Some people love to bash science from their laptop computers.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 2/6/2013 9:57:54 PM     (No. 9162722)

I´m not sure you can have a really Earth-like planet without a yellow sun. Oh, they sort of say that. Well OK.

We won´t be zipping up there for lunch anytime soon, but we might be able to send a probe there on a hundred-year mission, if we really wanted to.

It is interesting news, but of course will be much better once we actually find a couple. Between the current satellite scopes and the humonguous new ground-based scopes planned, that should be within ten years.

Low-cost loans for beachfront property there will follow soon thereafter.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: realrep, 2/6/2013 10:33:16 PM     (No. 9162768)

Must be Farrakhan´s Mother Planet

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/7/2013 4:53:55 PM     (No. 9164382)

Sorry idiots (AP), we can´t go there, Obama cancelled the space programs and turned it into a Muslim Outreach.

We´ve been reaching out but they keep cutting off our hands, now what Obie?

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