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Originally posted by Arken
reply to post by Havick007
We are not only an accident.
Life is everywhere!
Originally posted by DJKris
Interesting stuff, however I wouldn't say it was confirmed habbitable. They say posibly water, if there isn't then surely it's isn't habitable? Also the CO2 is a hell of a problem. I do agree though, that this is a good find and as someone suggested, the planet could still be developing.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by rykc27
Not conflicting data. The Daily Mail just got it wrong.
As Dr. Bhathal's own article says, the signal originated from the direction of 47 Tucanae which is no where near Gliese 581. The error originated from an article which mentioned both (separate) discoveries. It seems that some people cannot comprehend what they read very well. Note that the article does not say the signal came from Gliese 581.
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There appears to be some confusion over the origin of the signal. Over at ATS, user zorgon contacted Dr Bhathal who cleared up the confusion and revealed that the signal actually came from the neighbouring Tucanae constellation.
Imagine if the US forgot about trillion dollar wars and put up a trillion dollar space telescope at a moon base instead. Humans, so much potential but never lift a finger to it.
Originally posted by Havick007
I think this is amazing news, although i guess it was only a matter of time and im sure there will be many more found in the coming months and years.
Next step.........warp drive
Perhaps now SETI can actually target these planets and focus more time on planets that are deemed 'life-supporting' especially with recent reports of SETI losing more funding and having to shut down some of their arrays.
Apart from that though what good is knowing these planets are there without being able to travel there....yet
For budding travellers, though, Gliese 581d would "still be a pretty strange place to visit", CNRS said.
"The denser air and thick clouds would keep the surface in a perpetual murky red twilight, and its large mass means surface gravity would be around double that on Earth."
Getting to the planet would still require a sci-fi breakthrough in travel for earthlings.
A spaceship travelling close to light speed would take more than 20 years to get there, while our present rocket technology would take 300,000 years.
More than 500 exoplanets orbiting other stars have been recorded since 1995, detected mostly by a tiny wobble in stellar light.
They are named after their star and listed alphabetically in order of discovery.
(A model shows the possible surface temperatures of planet Gliese 581d, located around 20 light years from Earth.)
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