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WASHINGTON (AP) — European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they've found a planet that's the closest you can get to Earth in location and size. It is the type of planet they've been searching for across the Milky Way galaxy and they found it circling a star right next door — 25 trillion miles away. But the Earth-like planet is so hot its surface may be like molten lava. Life cannot survive the 2,200 degree heat of the planet, so close to its star that it circles it every few days.
Originally posted by cavalryscout
So is this the big announcement?
If it isn't then does anyone know what the big revelation is or did I miss the whole thing?
Originally posted by Melbourne_Militia
So how many alien abductees have claimed that their abductors came from Alpha Centauri?
That constellation is named so many times, not just in alien abductions, but isnt there also some ancient civilisations that also refer this constellation?
Isnt this also the constellation that supposedly the Pyramids of Giza are aligned with?
Just trying to join the dots.
Originally posted by flexy123
...BUT..it's "logical" that Alpha Centauri is mentioned often since it's rather known UNLESS someone has really basically no knowledge of astronomy *at all*...
Originally posted by boncho
reply to post by Sublimecraft
This probably is the big news release... You expected something better?
...the precision to detect a new category of planets: Habitable super-Earths.
The optimized observational strategy used to monitor Alpha Centauri B is capable of reaching the precision needed to search for habitable super-Earths around solar-type stars using the radial-velocity technique. However, it requires an important investment in observation time, and thus only a few targets can be observed over several years. Recent statistical analyses and theoretical models of planetary formation suggest that low-mass rocky planets and especially Earth twins should be common. We are therefore confident that we are on the right path to the discovery of Earth's analogues.