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Mystery as NASA Calls Press Conference to Announce 'Major' Discovery


"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    FOUND: The star system with SEVEN Earth-like planets - three of which could support alien life just 39 light years away


    Seven Earth-like exoplanets have been discovered 39 light years away orbiting nearby dwarf star 'Trappist-1' (artist's impression pictured left). All of them could have water at their surface, a key component of alien life. The planets likely have rocky compositions, are around the same size Earth, and six have surface temperatures between 0-100°C (32-212°F). This gives these planets, which sit 39 million years away from Earth, some of the vital atmospheric conditions needed to grow biological life. The right image shows an artist's impression of what one of the planets might look like.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4245424/Newly-solar-SEVEN-Earth-like-planets.html

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  • Feb. 23, 2017
    RELEASE 17-015  from NASA

    NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

    This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system
    This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in the system.
    Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

    The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

    “This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.

    Read more

    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone-planets-around


    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
    edited February 22
    As interesting as the possibilities are, "just 39 light years away" would take us 780,000 years to reach if we had a manned spacecraft capable of the speed of the New Horizons probe, which is, I believe, the fastest space vehicle yet built at Mach 47.

    Even with a light speed engine it will still take at least 39 years just to get there, assuming an uninterrupted direct course can be plotted and safely navigated.

    A thought about the staggering distances to even the closest neighbouring stars:  Looking at Alpha Centauri, which is "only" 4.3 light years from here -

    Project Longshot, which was a past project hoping to send a probe to Alpha Centauri, would have required 100 years to reach the star system at a speed of 13,411 km/second.  New Horizons top speed is 16 km/second, meaning Longshot would have been ridiculously fast by comparison - 4.5% the speed of light, in fact.

    Now, to get people there we'd have to build a ship large enough to contain and keep alive a population and collection of resources sufficient for colonization, and then find a way to propel it safely through space at speeds only hypothetically applicable to a tiny unmanned probe.  And it would still take an entire century to get there.

    Also, remember that this is Alpha Centauri.  The Trappist-1 system they just announced is almost ten times further away.

    The resources and effort required to prepare such a project, even to reach the closer Alpha Centauri, are well beyond our current capabilities, and yet many people are still excited by the prospect.  I understand, it's certainly a romantic notion to spread humanity through the stars.  I'm a huge Star Trek fan, after all.

    That said, we're barely holding our civilization together here on Earth, which is not only a fantastic planet that we already live on, but one we're perfectly designed to exist on.

    It seems far more rational, logical and - importantly - possible for us to focus our resources and hard work on making sure this planet remains a place that we can live on without compromising the advantages of our perfectly-tailored physiology.

    That means we have to invent technologies or at least lifestyle changes that eliminate the need to cut down forests, drill for oil, burn fossil fuels, use unsafe nuclear energy, overfish the oceans, over-farm livestock in cramped conditions and, overall, stop fucking with everything around us.

    A challenge?  Yes, of course.  Possible?  Yes, of course.  Easier and more practical than sending cryo ships filled with our brightest minds off to die in some distant corner of the galaxy?  Yes, of course.

    It seems possible to me that these distant, tempting star systems are just a distraction keeping us from fully embracing our responsibility to this planet.  I actually see the attitude in science communities that we're already screwed here on Earth, so we should start finding ways to evacuate humanity before capitalist democracies destroy the planet entirely.  Kind of a defeatist attitude.

    Personally, I don't think humanity deserves a second chance if we ruin the first one we've been given.

     
  • Farmer_Sean said
     It seems far more rational, logical and - importantly - possible for us to focus our resources and hard work on making sure this planet remains a place that we can live on without compromising the advantages of our perfectly-tailored physiology.

    That means we have to invent technologies or at least lifestyle changes that eliminate the need to cut down forests, drill for oil, burn fossil fuels, use unsafe nuclear energy, overfish the oceans, over-farm livestock in cramped conditions and, overall, stop fucking with everything around us.

    A challenge?  Yes, of course.  Possible?  Yes, of course.  Easier and more practical than sending cryo ships filled with our brightest minds off to die in some distant corner of the galaxy?  Yes, of course.


    Well said Sean and absolutely agree

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    edited February 23


    NASA Opens BLACK HOLE at CERN and Discovers 7 New ALIEN Planets



    from Christopher Greene AMTV 30:03
    a concept worthy of consideration.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Will check this out - interested to find out why he has his mouth taped, lol
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  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Good video
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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