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My guess is that the Black Budget Projects already know where these planets are and have probably even visited them already
Originally posted by Gazrok
A 40% variance (10-50) is what one would call a "wild guess"...not exactly a scientific estimate....
Originally posted by yeti101
reply to post by gortex
actually his guess isnt really based on anything. we have no data about terrestrial sized planets in the HZ.
The newfound world circles its star at about 60 million kilometers, leaving it with a relatively mild temperature that Deeg's group estimates to be between minus 20 degrees Celsius and 150 degrees C, depending on its atmospheric makeup. For comparison, many exoplanets are so close to their stars that their temperatures exceed 1,000 degrees
If this Jupiter-like planet has a moon, that satellite’s rocky surface could be habitable, says Sara Seager of MIT. But a planetary system closer to Earth would offer a better chance of searching for the tiny gravitational tug of such a moon, Seager adds.
Originally posted by trueperspective
An earth-like planet doesn't necessitate that life will be on it, BUT it does mean that we could live on it...
I don't think there is physical life outside our little marble.
“What we really need … are telescopes called Terrestrial Planet Finders,” said Kasting. TPF’s can work in the visible or infrared spectrum. A visible spectrum TPF probably requires an aperture of 8 m, which is more than three times bigger than the Hubble telescope. The technology to build such devices exists. But the money does not.