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Scientists: Earth-like
planets ´Right next door´

Fox New [New York] & Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:kennedylaw, 2/6/2013 4:03:02 PM

Earth-like worlds may be closer and more plentiful than anyone imagined. Astronomers reported Wednesday that the closest Earth-like planet may be just 13 light years away. That planet hasn´t been found yet, but should be there based on the team´s study of red dwarf stars. Galactically speaking, it´s a stroll across the park. "We now know the rate of occurrence of habitable planets around the most common stars in our galaxy," said study co-author David Charbonneau. "That rate implies that it will be significantly easier to search for life beyond the solar system than we previously thought."

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The most "Earth-like" planet we may ever find is even closer than that. It is called the planet "Venus."

Venus orbits a yellow dwarf star, it is almost exactly the same size and mass as Earth and is very close to the same orbit (relatively speaking). Nothing that we have found so far in any other solar system even comes close.

If Venus had a moon and a magnetic core its atmosphere might look a whole lot more like Earth´s. Those are little details that we have no way of detecting in exoplanets.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/6/2013 4:06:42 PM     (No. 9162310)

That´s true but I dare you to live on Venus for one second! I certainly don´t think you would want to try breathing either...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tonyl, 2/6/2013 4:15:38 PM     (No. 9162320)

Heck...it´s only 13 light years away...no problemo.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/6/2013 4:15:42 PM     (No. 9162321)

More research grants needed...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: schnapps, 2/6/2013 4:16:51 PM     (No. 9162325)

My galactic calculator says that it will take over 300,000 years to get there at space shuttle speeds. Don´t expect any vacation packages soon.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kennedylaw, 2/6/2013 4:18:31 PM     (No. 9162327)

My point is that you are even less likely to find life on any of the "Earth-like" and "habitable" planets that have been detected outside of our solar system than you are to find life on Venus.

If we ever detect a planet in another solar system that orbits a similar sun, is the same size and mass as Earth, and has almost the same orbit as Earth, there will be no way to determine if the planet is "Earth-like" or "Venus-like" or "Mars-like."

I suspect that there are a whole lot more Venuses and Marses out there than there are Earths.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: woodenleg, 2/6/2013 4:36:41 PM     (No. 9162367)

Only 13 light years?!......any starship with a warp engine can get there.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/6/2013 4:45:01 PM     (No. 9162377)

The artickle actually sez...
nothing has actually been found "13 light years away" yet...

If you read all of it, the three likeliest mentioned in the study are located
300 to 600 light years away.

Yawn.
These come-on headlines are like the falsely advertised lottery jackpots.
You actually only get 36 percent of what´s touted as the "jackpot."

Likewise, globull whoreming and most other hype is false teaser headlines hiding the
less interesting reality.

Something about a sucker born every minute...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/6/2013 4:50:21 PM     (No. 9162385)

Okay, now in perspective: 13 light years away- that´s 4 units called parsecs- a real term, not just Star Wars and Star Trek. It´s a unit about 20 trillion miles long. So, the "New Earth would be only 80 trillion miles away (80,000,000,000,000). How far is that, really? If you were in a space capsule moving as fast as we can make a space craft go, for now, it would only take you 1.7 billion hours- that´s just 194,000 years!

That´s a little more than "Right next door"

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/6/2013 5:02:43 PM     (No. 9162399)

Hmmm - - there´s got to be a way for leftists to use this to control our lives and steal our money.

I don´t know what it is - - but the lefties will surely think of something.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 2/6/2013 5:03:09 PM     (No. 9162400)

If they can find a way to make us stop dying, then what´s 194,000 years? If we are going to live forever, we will certainly need somewhere to be and something to do.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/6/2013 5:17:36 PM     (No. 9162429)

Good.

Because this place is starting to really creep me out.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 2/6/2013 5:35:13 PM     (No. 9162446)

Maybe one of these planets has husseins birth certificate.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: tonyl, 2/6/2013 5:50:43 PM     (No. 9162464)

Problem with space travel is that humans are designed for gravity and we have to have better propulsion. 35k per hour is just not fast enough.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: submariner, 2/6/2013 6:36:40 PM     (No. 9162515)

No transitional life forms on Earth + entropy + irreducible complexity of life processes = fatal lack of evidence for evolution. Actually, any one of those kills the notion of life evolving from non-living matter. So...let´s prop up our humanist state religion by looking for another Earth. And let´s use taxpayer money to do it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: schnapps, 2/6/2013 7:03:30 PM     (No. 9162550)

If they can find a way to make us stop dying, then what´s 194,000 years?
Good point, but would we remember why we left earth in the first place? :-0


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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lefticide, 2/6/2013 7:33:13 PM     (No. 9162585)

Great. Only righties can colonize a new planet, and lefties can wallow in their own excrement on this one.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 2/6/2013 9:13:30 PM     (No. 9162675)

The good news is that as time goes on we´ll build bigger telescopes, develop better detection techniques and finally get some real answers.

My guess is that life is everywhere on millions of planets and impossibly far away. Until then, we have our imagination.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: toddh, 2/7/2013 12:35:08 AM     (No. 9162854)

Y´all not thinking clear enough. If there be aliens, they could have the cure for liberalism. Worth it.

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