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NASA Telescope Reveals Exoplanet Discovery

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  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    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.

    If we discover life on other planets while Trump is in office, humanity will have definitely jumped the shark.

  2. contra11mundum

    I hate spoilers. Supporter

    Holy shit
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  3. Ska Senanake


    Doubtful there is any life as the planets are all closer to that star than Mercury is to our sun. Thst level of UV radiation makes it very doubtful life can be supported. Also space exploration and the search for life while impacted financially from politics is bipartison for the most part. I don't think it would make a difference who is in office as a lot of these explorstion projects are long term and have been on the works for years and years.
  4. Zip It Chris

    Be kind; everyone is on their own journey.

    What impact does the sun's size have on this, as it is substantially smaller than our sun?
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  5. Trappist-1: Scientists Find 7 Earth-Like Planets Orbiting Nearby Ultracool Star
    Skip 39 light-years across our galaxy, and you’ll arrive at Trappist-1, an ultracool dwarf star with a band of special followers. This dim star hosts seven Earth-like planets within its habitable zone, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. Exoplanets are a dime a dozen these days, but due to unique properties in this exosolar system, the new discovery may usher in a movement in the hunt for habitable worlds — one where astrophysicists can ascertain the presence of life without traveling across the cosmos.

    Some more info (ultra cool means low radiation).

    And yes, the funding for NASA and other sciences takes as hit under Republican leadership.

    As we've already seen:
    Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

    But that wasn't really what my joke was about.
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  6. SEANoftheDEAD


    But we already know they exist...thanks Tom Delonge.
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  7. Junction183


    As fascinating as this discovery is I don't believe we'll ever learn in our lifetime whether or not a system 39 light-years away can support life as we know it in our solar system.
  8. Zip It Chris

    Be kind; everyone is on their own journey.

    "with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century."

    This quote from one of your linked articles stuck out, and I couldn't help but read it in an over enthused voice like I do when reading a children's book out loud.
  9. He's desperately looking for life on other plants with smaller hands than him.
  10. EntryLevelTank

    "Draft Day" is a good film Supporter

    NASA's budget - $17 Billion
    Amount Americans spend on Pizza - $35 Billion.

    #NoMorePizza #BuyMoreSpaceShit
  11. Fucking Dustin

    Please click "like" Supporter

    Pizza is your grandfather's calzone
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  12. omgrawr

    That loneliness is not a function of solitude.

    This finding is ultra cool, am I right?

    I'll see myself out.