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Originally posted by OldMedic
Hate to tell you, but there are dozens of known solar systems that are very similar to our own.
And as of now, astronomers can only detect the giant planets from Earth. They have no means to detect anything smaller than Saturn/Neptune. So, they have no way of knowing if there are "astroide belts", etc. in any other solar system. They can infer, but not prove.
They have known of similar solar systems for about 20 years now. It is just now breaking news here?
Tidal forces contribute to ocean currents, which moderate global temperatures by transporting heat energy toward the poles. It has been suggested that in addition to variations of insolation associated with orbital forcing, harmonic beat variations in tidal forcing may contribute to climate changes
Originally posted by gate13
I love qutoes like this. It has made me certain that science is the way lol
"Co-author Dr Dana Backman, from the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, said: "This system probably looks a lot like ours did when life first took root on Earth.""
ProbablY? wtf does probably mean. simple... They have no freaking idea about it, thats what it means. No evidence no theory to back it up. NO IDEA.
" Although Epsilon Eridani's "Kuiper Belt" is about 100 times more packed with icy debris than our own, scientists think that when our solar system was 850 million years old, its Kuiper Belt must have looked very similar "
Thnk? lol i think the world is flat and the sun is a giant ice cream... getting my drift ats users???
this article is based on Personal opinion no evidence nothing but crap .
good luck to these scientist. they wouldnt be working for me thats for sure
If life on Earth isn't doing it for you, then there's good news - an alternative may be around the corner. As German scientists announce that theoretical "Super-Earths" - planets 10 times the size of Earth with similar atmospheres - could support life for 35 per cent longer than our home planet, NASA scientists have discovered 55 Cancri f - a planet 45 times the size of Earth in a distant solar system that
spend[s] its entire orbit within what astronomers call the "habitable zone". The zone marks a "Goldilocks" band of space where the heat from a star leaves a planet neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water, which is believed to be crucial for life.
Is this the next holiday destination, or the home of our future alien overlords? Only time will tell.
Originally posted by yellowbeard
We as a species really don't change, a lot of us on here bemoan what our ancestors did to the Native Americans and Australian Aborigines and many, many other lands and races yet as soon as there's the possibility of another inhabitable planet the cry is "It's ours lets go live there" without a thought that there may already be dwellers either more primitive or more advanced.