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"Our new observations with Harps mean that about 40% of all red dwarf stars have a super-Earth orbiting in the habitable zone where liquid water can exist on the surface of the planet," said team leader Xavier Bonfils from the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble, France.
"Because red dwarfs are so common - there are about 160 billion of them in the Milky Way - this leads us to the astonishing result that there are tens of billions of these planets in our galaxy alone."
Originally posted by ManFromEurope
Obviously those planets are only created to fill up all that unused space, as some god created only us.. Or do you beg to differ, religion?
Originally posted by II HAL II
reply to post by ManFromEurope
Not wanting to bring religion into this but yes.... I do beg to differ.
Way too many hot topics on ATS at the moment.
Oh... I've worked out it would only take circa 100,000 years to travel 30 light years using a Photonic Drive.... thats around 1,250ish generations of man. So if we leave now, my great great great x 1,248 grandson would get there and have a choice of 100 super-Earths to choose from. Need to make a light speed craft and get there in 30 years me thinks, I want to see what they look like too.
Originally posted by gosseyn
But then by the time your grand x1248 son arrives on that new planet, mankind on earth would have invented wormhole instant travel and that new planet would have already been settled for a millennium.
The world is a satellite of a gas giant named Binary in the Sirius A system, and is home to a human colony. Jinx is six times more massive than Earth, and very dense, with a surface gravity of about 1.78 times Earth gravity. Its nickel-iron core is half the diameter of the world, the rest being rocky mantle and crust. Its most distinctive feature is its shape, that of a prolate spheroid (a rugby-ball or egg-shape). The idea is that the shape of Jinx was fixed when it was in a close orbit to its primary, leading to tidal forces strong enough to produce this shape. Over time, tidal effects have caused Jinx to recede from its primary, while at the same time the planet has cooled and become more rigid, retaining its distorted shape. The extreme variations in altitude caused by this unusual shape have resulted in five distinct environmental zones.
Originally posted by iforget
Its a fairly common theme in sci-fi. I often wonder that if humans are not well suited for colonizing other planets then perhaps we could at least seed microbes
Wow.. Billions, there's plenty of choice of where to go once we've destroyed this planet then.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
Except that because all these planets are bigger than the earth the gravity would be greater so we would all be to weak to move about on them.
Originally posted by II HAL II
Just have to watch out for the locals, and make a craft the can travel 30 light years and sustain man for a few generations.