We all know that the media’s priorities are screwed up but the fact that the discovery of the most Earth-like planet yet found isn’t front page news is just fucking criminal:
Astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System to date, a world which could have water running on its surface.
The planet orbits the faint star Gliese 581, which is 20.5 light-years away in the constellation Libra.
[…] We have estimated that the mean temperature of this ‘super-Earth’ lies between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius, and water would thus be liquid,” explained Stephane Udry of the Geneva Observatory,lead author of the scientific paper reporting the result.
“Moreover, its radius should be only 1.5 times the Earth’s radius, and models predict that the planet should be either rocky – like our Earth – or covered with oceans.”
This is HUGE news. Big as the discovery of Dinosaurs. Big as the theory of gravity. Bigger than the discovery of Kryptonite. Up until now, we’ve only been able to theorize the existence of a planet like this and here it is. I’ll be able to point to a place in the sky and tell my children that there, right there is another planet like ours.
I hope we can send a probe there soon and maybe in fifty years or so, we’ll be bale to have pictures of the surface, maybe even what life crawls around on it.
More and more every day, I come to discover that as cool as science fiction is, real science is even cooler.