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Originally posted by BigOrange
Maybe this will encourage NASA or another space agency to put all their powers toward developing the technology to get there and check it out, considering we know for a fact this world isn't going to be habitable for too much longer, and even if it were the sun would fry us, so I think such research is the single most important thing we could focus on.
Originally posted by IgnoreTheFacts
First off, the scientist that gave the OP an overly sensational and ignorant thread title didn't make this statement as a scientist. He made it on personal feelings, beliefs and desires.
There is not a scientist on the planet that would make that statement based on the currently available information. We do not yet have the capabilities to come to any conclusion regarding this, or any number of other planets out there. I know that sucks for some of you to hear, and some don't want to believe it because that makes their life boring or something.....but it is reality.
There is no reason to get excited about finding a planet in a habitable zone of any star. We all knew it was going to happen sooner or late with the shear rate of current planet discovery. So yeah, no big deal. The big deal comes when we develop better equipment and can get more detail. Then the fun begins.
Originally posted by zorgon
Kewl now that system has FIVE planets
Red dwarf star Gliese 581
as seen from the surface of extrasolar planet Gliese 581 c
Credit: Walter Myers
Originally posted by rajaten
reply to post by OldDragger
Only time will tell.
Time will tell.
Originally posted by hippomchippo
And what have you been saying?
All you do is go into conspiracy threads and deny anything and everything.
You don't use rational thought, you just deny anything that isn't shown straight to your face.
You're the worst of the debunkers, the kind who just deny because they haven't been told its true by the people they like.
Originally posted by UFO Partisan
The planet is only 20 light years away. That's just down the street on the galactic scale
Originally posted by OldDragger
reply to post by hippomchippo
Here's what I wrote in another thread.
This illustrates perfectly the problem with lack of perpective! It's been 100 years since the "MSM" first dealt with the idea! 5 years!? Sorry, but the idea is only shocking and mind blowing to the very young that are just discovering things! If you really study the idea you will find that out. I was a kid in the 1950's, EVERYBODY was talking about Flyning Saucers. It ain't new! Trouble is, it hasn't progressed since then! Maybe when you see the same thing over and over and over and over for fifty years you might begin to wonder!
The bottom line is NOTHING EVER HAPPENS!
This is a cool discovery. It's foolish of the astronomer to say 100%.
It's also foolish and completley irrational to connect this with "disclosure".
Sorry you can't understand that, sorry you don't know the difference between believing, wishing and hoping sci fi will be true, and real astronomy and science.
Believers are the irrational ones.
Originally posted by airspoon
That's not a planet, that's a Chinese lantern! Jeeez. Nah, on a serious note, just because their is a planet in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean that there is life on it and it certainly doesn't mean that any possible life is intelligent. However, even if these two conditions are met, it doesn't mean that they are visiting Earth or the space around us.
What if it is a dead planet? What if it isn't a dead planet but life evolved in a manner which didn't produce intelliegence? What if it did produce intelligence, but only of limited bearing, such as the African or South American tribes who have yet to invent the wheel?
My point being that a planet in the Goldilocks zone doesn't necessarily mean life and if it does, it doesn't necessarily mean intelligent life and if that does, it certainly doesn't mean intelligent that has the capacity to escape their own gravity. So, even if their is such a planet, it is still a long shot that anything is there... or here.
Originally posted by FermiFlux
Zorgon, it's actually six planets now known to be orbiting Gliese 581. They also found another similar sized planet but just outside the habitable zone (Gliese 581f).