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We live in a time when finding exoplanets has become a near-routine thing for astronomers. Think about that for a second. We are now officially used to the idea of being able to detect planets from light-years away.

It's the second most mind-blowing thought I've had all day.

The most mind-blowing thought I've had all day?

They have found an exoplanet in the habitable zone. Only five Earth masses, possibly rocky, capable of harboring liquid water. A mean temperature between 0 and 40 Celsius.

People. That's fucking... that's fucking awesome. Suddenly, the parameters of the Drake Equation start looking a hell of a lot more interesting.

The star is called Gliese 581.

I want to make another comment, but I'm just here gesticulating, trying to find the words. It's not as obviously history-changing as actually finding extraterrestrial life. But it's the path there. We didn't knew if there were any exoplanets. We know there are many. We didn't knew if there were extrasolar habitable planets. Now we have found another one (and two means there are probably lots).

We've found another planet. I don't care if it turns out it has a toxic atmosphere, I don't care if it's more sterile than Adrian Monk's cutlery.

The universe looks a hell of a lot more interesting tonight.

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sockich
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
This! This right here is why I will never ever ever understand people who insist we're alone in the universe. I just...look! Look at that! *glee*

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