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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 16th, 2009 @ 11:29 PM Reply

At 12/16/09 08:36 PM, STEM wrote: Yea lets go live on a water planet that will boil us alive

That's 40 light years away and may be getting hit by a comet while we're seeing outdated images of it and try to reach it.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 16th, 2009 @ 11:29 PM Reply

At 12/16/09 09:56 PM, Pokemonpoeguygcn wrote: It's not worth waiting 40 light years

Let alone waiting until we discover how to colonize oceans.
Also, light years is a distance, mind you.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 12:15 AM Reply

Oh, because 20 light years is definitely within range of us. Suppose we're alive for another million years, or even a billion (much more than a billion and we'll be fried by the sun).

Let's say a billion years later, that planet has cooled down enough for the organisms there (if they are) to build something that doesn't just melt. And let's just say they also have a telescope that sees us. And let's just say we both take the exact same trajectory to each others' planets.

That's still 10 lightyears if we go towards each other. Even if we're going half of the speed of light, it's still going to take half of a year to meet up with the aliens, whom we couldn't communicate with and possibly couldn't even live with. Even if we lived under the same weather a billion years from now (improbable), we could easily kill each other off with viruses.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 12:20 AM Reply

Yeah, we could do as well on certain moons than on "earth-like planets" even better, actually.

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 01:12 AM Reply

Our water is fine here, Lee. Go swim in a pool and pretend it's the new water planet.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 01:14 AM Reply

Can't wait til we discover shit to colonize.

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 01:19 AM Reply

Geez guys, they already found a new earth back in 2007, named Gliese 581. More info here.

Excerpts from the article below:

An Earthlike planet spotted outside our solar system is the first found that could support liquid water and harbor life, scientists announced Tuesday. The new planet is about 50 percent bigger than Earth and about five times more massive. The new "super-Earth" is called Gliese 581 C, after its star, Gliese 581, a diminutive red dwarf star located 20.5 light-years away that is about one-third as massive as the sun.

Because it lies within its star's habitable zone and is relatively close to Earth, Gliese 581 C could be a very important target for future space missions dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life, said study team member Xavier Delfosse of Grenoble University in France.

"On the treasure map of the universe, one would be tempted to mark this planet with an X," Delfosse said.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 02:53 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 01:51 AM, FrozenTop wrote: 40 light years away. We can't even travel close to light speed. Much less surpass it (well, relativity suggests nothing goes faster than light speed, though some people suggest light speed itself can be varied, so... its confusing)

40 Light Years is pretty close, actually. It's travealable in a lifetime even without lightspeed transport...


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 05:31 AM Reply

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 05:38 AM Reply

This is great! With the most cutting-edge rocket technology, it will only take me 400,000 years before I can boil myself to death on an uninhabitable planet.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 05:42 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 05:38 AM, Rabid-Echidna wrote: This is great! With the most cutting-edge rocket technology, it will only take me 400,000 years before I can boil myself to death on an uninhabitable planet.

a... POSSIBLY.... uninhabitable planet ;)

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 05:44 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 05:42 AM, HoboPorn wrote:
a... POSSIBLY.... uninhabitable planet ;)

A 200C surface is pretty damn uninhabitable.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 05:47 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 05:44 AM, Rabid-Echidna wrote:
At 12/17/09 05:42 AM, HoboPorn wrote:
a... POSSIBLY.... uninhabitable planet ;)
A 200C surface is pretty damn uninhabitable.

for life on earth as we know it, yes, but WHO KNOWS, KEVIN COSTNER MIGHT BE THERE AND DO STUFF TO THE LIFEFORMS.
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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 05:50 AM Reply

dude 40 light years away....that's alot of miles...


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:04 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 05:44 AM, Rabid-Echidna wrote:
At 12/17/09 05:42 AM, HoboPorn wrote:
a... POSSIBLY.... uninhabitable planet ;)
A 200C surface is pretty damn uninhabitable.

The ability to grow at 121° Celsius is significant because for over a century it has been the temperature used to sterilize medical equipment. Scientists thought that such temperatures would kill all life-forms. "It's kind of a benchmark," Lovley said. "This is like breaking the four-minute mile."

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:05 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 05:44 AM, Rabid-Echidna wrote:
At 12/17/09 05:42 AM, HoboPorn wrote:
a... POSSIBLY.... uninhabitable planet ;)
A 200C surface is pretty damn uninhabitable.

In case you didn't read between the lines in that last post. (hope this doesn't double post me)

It's a way of saying we learn new things everyday :O

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:23 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 06:05 AM, HoboPorn wrote:
In case you didn't read between the lines in that last post. (hope this doesn't double post me)

It's a way of saying we learn new things everyday :O

Yeah, that article is really useful to me because I'm a single-celled extremophile.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:31 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 06:23 AM, Rabid-Echidna wrote:
At 12/17/09 06:05 AM, HoboPorn wrote:
In case you didn't read between the lines in that last post. (hope this doesn't double post me)

It's a way of saying we learn new things everyday :O
Yeah, that article is really useful to me because I'm a single-celled extremophile.

hahaha silly rabid; learning's for kids I guess.

You're missing the bigger picture. But at the same time I doubt you are. It's 3:30 A.M. here. so whatever responses there are i'll get to in the morning.

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:33 AM Reply

Cool, I'll get a couple of rafts so we don't get boiled.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:37 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 06:31 AM, HoboPorn wrote:
hahaha silly rabid; learning's for kids I guess.

You're missing the bigger picture. But at the same time I doubt you are. It's 3:30 A.M. here. so whatever responses there are i'll get to in the morning.

Scientific exploration is for Alex Filippenko-looking losers who get off on finding insignificant clouds of methane floating out in a galaxy that nobody cares about. If I don't get to fly to another planet through a wormhole and fuck Vulcan bitches it's a waste of time.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:39 AM Reply

At 12/16/09 08:42 PM, Twilight wrote:
At 12/16/09 08:36 PM, STEM wrote: Yea lets go live on a water planet that will boil us alive
lmfao

We should bring lobsters there before humans. Worst case scenerio is that the ocean will taste delicious.

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:41 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 05:44 AM, Rabid-Echidna wrote:
At 12/17/09 05:42 AM, HoboPorn wrote: a... POSSIBLY.... uninhabitable planet ;)
A 200C surface is pretty damn uninhabitable.

Yes, if we were to walk around there naked we might not survive for long.

But fortunately there are plenty of materials on earth which can resist such temperatures with ease. Even ordinary space suits from 40 years ago can resist temperatures much higher than that. So by the time we are able to get there, colonizing the planet will probably be relatively easy.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 06:43 AM Reply

At 12/17/09 02:53 AM, Hoeloe wrote: 40 Light Years is pretty close, actually. It's travealable in a lifetime even without lightspeed transport...

Bring in the portal gun.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 19th, 2009 @ 11:04 PM Reply

At 12/16/09 08:34 PM, DumbassDude wrote:
"Astronomers have discovered a new "waterworld" 40 light years away, raising the chances of the existence of Earth-like planets."

Dammit! If only it was at least a desert planet. Then we would have our own pandora. (borderlands)


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 19th, 2009 @ 11:19 PM Reply

At 12/19/09 11:04 PM, DePrati wrote: Dammit! If only it was at least a desert planet. Then we would have our own pandora. (borderlands)

Money says it is Pandora. It's probably the furtherest we're going to get by 2150.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 19th, 2009 @ 11:42 PM Reply

All we need is a comedically oversized Air Conditioner and a way to traverse 40 light years and BOOM! We're good to colonize.

Or we could just use the planet to cook an infinite amount of several different kinds of foods and end world hunger. I AM A GENIUS. /caps

Or we could just colonize the moon, Mars, Deimos, and/or Phobos, an asteroid, Titan, Ganymede, and/or Europa.

I like the Deimos idea. A madness character was named after it. We could colonize it in his memory.

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 20th, 2009 @ 12:09 AM Reply

At 12/16/09 08:42 PM, Jawdyn wrote: LETS GO THERE

TOMORROW

Why go tomorrow, when we can go... TODAY?

Wait a minute, midnight has passed. Son of a bitch.

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 20th, 2009 @ 12:24 AM Reply

That's a lot of light years.

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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 20th, 2009 @ 12:26 AM Reply

Sounds great.


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Response to Astronomers discover new Earth Dec. 20th, 2009 @ 01:04 AM Reply

I can't swim, what do i do?