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Astronomers find new planet capable of supporting life
TELEGRAPH UK ^ | 04-27-2012 | Staff

Posted on 04/27/2012 11:32:10 AM PDT by Red Badger

Astronomers have discovered their "holy grail" - a planet capable of supporting life outside our solar system.

The planet lies in what they describe as a 'habitable zone', neither too near its sun to dry out or too far away which freezes it.

And the discovery could help answer the question of whether we are alone in the universe, which has been plagued astronomers and alien fanatics for years.

Scientists found the planet, Gliese 667Cc, orbiting around a red dwarf star, 22 light years away from the earth.

Red dwarf stars are the most common stars in the neighbourhood of the sun, usually hosting planets called gas giants, which are not composed of rock matter.

Re-analysing data from the European Southern Observatory, the astronomers found Gliese 667Cc is a solid planet with roughly four and a half times the mass of Earth.

The University Göttingen and University of California scientists have calculated the planet recieves ten per cent less light from its red dwarf star than the Earth gets from the Sun.

As the light is in the infrared area, the planet still receives nearly the same amount of energy as the Earth, meaning water could be liquid and surface temperatures could be similar to ours.

Astronomers are hailing the plant as the 'Holy Grail' of discoveries, as 20 years ago scientists were still arguing about the existence of planets beyond our solar system.

Since the discovery of the first extrasolar planet in 1995, astronomers have confirmed the existence of more than 760 planets beyond the solar system, with only four believed to be in a habitable zone.

One of the most successful tools of planet hunters is the High Accuracy Radial Planetary Searcher (HARPS) telescope, which measures the radial velocity of a star.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Technical; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: astronomy; cosmology; religion; space
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1 posted on 04/27/2012 11:32:16 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: KevinDavis; SunkenCiv

Space Ping!.........


2 posted on 04/27/2012 11:33:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger
Scientists found the planet, Gliese 667Cc

Why would anybody live on a planet with such a weird name?

3 posted on 04/27/2012 11:35:35 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Red Badger

Isn’t it funny how everyone these days wants to find ANOTHER planet...


4 posted on 04/27/2012 11:35:54 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Izzy Dunne
Why would anybody live on a planet with such a weird name?

It's better than Ceti Alpha 5...

5 posted on 04/27/2012 11:37:37 AM PDT by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Red Badger

Only 20 light years away? Piece of cake. Let’s fill up the Buick and go see it.


6 posted on 04/27/2012 11:38:31 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Red Badger

Bad news is whatever you weigh now would be multiplied by 4.5 if you stepped out on that planet. If you weigh 180 pounds on Earth, you would weigh 810 pounds on that planet.


7 posted on 04/27/2012 11:40:22 AM PDT by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: Izzy Dunne

The Glieseans would............


8 posted on 04/27/2012 11:40:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: ohiobuckeye1997

Maybe we should call it Moochelle’s Planet...............


9 posted on 04/27/2012 11:43:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger

I want to know if it will support as a base for conservatism.

.... just trying to have in my mind a place to live in a fantasy world.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 11:45:00 AM PDT by C210N (Go Newt!)
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To: Red Badger
...Gliese 667Cc, orbiting around a red dwarf star, 22 light years away from the earth...

Dibs on the Starbucks franchise.

11 posted on 04/27/2012 11:46:00 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: ohiobuckeye1997

Actually, if it has about the same density as Earth, it would have about twice the diameter, so you’d only weigh 12.5% more (4.5x the gravity, but you’d feel 1/4 as much, so 4.5x/4 = 1.125x).


12 posted on 04/27/2012 11:47:47 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Red Badger
Astronomers find new planet capable of supporting life

If Obama is reelected, I'm starting work on my spaceship, at least now I have a destination...

13 posted on 04/27/2012 11:49:10 AM PDT by apillar
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To: C210N

All you need is air, water and means of producing food.......everything else you can make yourself.................


14 posted on 04/27/2012 11:49:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger
Scientists found the planet, Gliese 667Cc, orbiting around a red dwarf star, 22 light years away from the earth.

Probably bug eyed aliens who can see in low light instead of the more esthetically pleasing Orion slave girls with their green skin and lithe, undulating, naked midriffs.

15 posted on 04/27/2012 11:50:08 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: Red Badger

Yikes!!! Only 22 light years away. In that case we should be on the lookout for very noisy reruns of I Love Lucy beaming to us from space.

Or Double Yikes. They could have been listening to our radio broadcasts from the 30’s or earlier and already be here with their just sub-luminal drive spaceships. Hide your Al Jolson records just for safety’s sake.


16 posted on 04/27/2012 11:53:11 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: ohiobuckeye1997

Not necessarily.
It depends also on the size of the planet.
The force of gravity also depends on the distance from the center of mass.
Odds are this is not just a heavier planet, but a larger one, so the gravity on the surface would be less.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 11:53:43 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: Red Badger

It took billions of years for a technological species to appear on Earth. Life probably does exist elsewhere. It appeared fairly quickly on Earth, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re the only technological species.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 11:53:46 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Red Badger

SEND ALGORE NOW!!!


19 posted on 04/27/2012 11:54:41 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Sirius Lee

20 posted on 04/27/2012 11:55:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: rjsimmon
THIS IS Ceti Alpha 5!!!
21 posted on 04/27/2012 11:56:48 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: lurk

“Come on, let’s go Space Truckin’”


22 posted on 04/27/2012 11:57:44 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Red Badger

Oooooooooooooo...

...yvonne craig...

....Batgirl.


23 posted on 04/27/2012 11:58:11 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: KevinDavis

ping


24 posted on 04/27/2012 11:59:17 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Red Badger

Ooooh.. Flashback from when I was 13. Those greenies made my pants get small.


25 posted on 04/27/2012 11:59:25 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Red Badger

What a bunch of imaginative jerks.

Global warming anybody?

Here is a planet several zillion million light years from earth, yet “scientists” know it all.


26 posted on 04/27/2012 12:01:24 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Red Badger

And all natural, not plastic surgery.


27 posted on 04/27/2012 12:01:30 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: Red Badger; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

The inhabitants, who are thought to speak Korean, call themselves the Gliesers.


28 posted on 04/27/2012 12:02:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Red Badger

Good. Can we send all the traitors from DC there?


29 posted on 04/27/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: C210N
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30 posted on 04/27/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Red Badger
We'd be too late -- the local dominant species has already initiated Gliesal Warming...


31 posted on 04/27/2012 12:05:18 PM PDT by mikrofon (Astro BUMP)
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To: InterceptPoint

What if they are Three Stooges Fans?................


32 posted on 04/27/2012 12:06:34 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
What a bunch of imaginative jerks.

Take it up with the writer. The scientists are saying very little.
33 posted on 04/27/2012 12:06:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Red Badger
Say...didn't Krypton orbit a Red Star (Sun)?
34 posted on 04/27/2012 12:07:45 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Red Badger

Please post pictures of typical nude Gliesettes.


35 posted on 04/27/2012 12:08:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SandRat

It sure did, but it blew up.........


36 posted on 04/27/2012 12:09:01 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Revolting cat!

37 posted on 04/27/2012 12:12:09 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Red Badger
Cast of an award winning Gliese musical.


38 posted on 04/27/2012 12:12:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Red Badger

Well,..maybe it didn’t.


39 posted on 04/27/2012 12:13:22 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Why would anybody live on a planet with such a weird name?

Shhhhhh. I hear it is a perfect place for windmills, organic gardening, fair share commune living and for people who would be king (are you listening big O - your own kingdom)!. I'd be glad to chip in a few bucks for a one way ticket for some of these deadbeat leftist/communist hippie leftovers to Gliese 667Cc. Yeah, Gliese 667Cc has a nice ring to it.

40 posted on 04/27/2012 12:14:30 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: lurk
Only 20 light years away? Piece of cake. Let’s fill up the Buick and go see it

LOL!!

41 posted on 04/27/2012 12:22:14 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Virgil Goode 2012)
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To: Red Badger

Well so what? God must have created such a vast universe to support life. It sure wasn’t needed by Him, the angels or earth’s people.


42 posted on 04/27/2012 12:26:45 PM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: InterceptPoint
Yikes!!! Only 22 light years away. In that case we should be on the lookout for very noisy reruns of I Love Lucy beaming to us from space. Or Double Yikes. They could have been listening to our radio broadcasts from the 30’s or earlier and already be here with their just sub-luminal drive spaceships. Hide your Al Jolson records just for safety’s sake.

It sort of amusing to think if they are monitoring our TV and Radio signals, they just saw the fall of the Berlin Wall (and good music is still on MTV) as far as they are concerned all of this is just happening "now", even though it's been 22 years for us.

43 posted on 04/27/2012 12:36:00 PM PDT by apillar
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To: ohiobuckeye1997

[ Bad news is whatever you weigh now would be multiplied by 4.5 if you stepped out on that planet. If you weigh 180 pounds on Earth, you would weigh 810 pounds on that planet. ]

BZZT WRONG, the gravity depends on the density of the planet and mass and distance from the center of the planet. The Planet would have higher gravity than the earth, but it would be a less than 4.5G. Probably between 1.6 - 2.8 Gs


44 posted on 04/27/2012 12:38:02 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Vaquero

Remember when she did that ERA commercial ( WITH both the caped castrators in tow) where she claimed to be “ paid less than Robin”?

She should have gone ahead and let that bomb go off....


45 posted on 04/27/2012 12:38:29 PM PDT by clbiel (Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being decapitated)
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To: ohiobuckeye1997
Bad news is whatever you weigh now would be multiplied by 4.5 if you stepped out on that planet. If you weigh 180 pounds on Earth, you would weigh 810 pounds on that planet.

In other words, it can support life, but life as we know it couldn't support itself...

46 posted on 04/27/2012 12:43:18 PM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: clbiel

No. I don’t remember

Still mighty fine Green Orion eye candy


47 posted on 04/27/2012 12:46:05 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Red Badger
ten per cent less light from its red dwarf star

And heavier gravity. So someone from there that was sun powered might be super on earth.

48 posted on 04/27/2012 12:53:21 PM PDT by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds, in being a one term president.)
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To: Vaquero
Very interesting. The habitable zone a idea taken from an Intelligent Design book/video, the Privileged Planet. However, there a a great number of other factors needed to come close to the Earth as a planet that can support life.
49 posted on 04/27/2012 12:53:32 PM PDT by cotton
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To: Izzy Dunne
Why would anybody live on a planet with such a weird name?

The real question is...Is it Mostly Harmless?


50 posted on 04/27/2012 12:59:36 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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