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UK (Oct 1) – If you are one of those people who spend every day worrying about this planet dying and life as we know it ending in a big ball of fire and grotesque pain, then fear no more, or at least a little less. Astronomers have discovered a new Earth-like exoplanet that could have the right conditions to support life.
Gliese 581g exists in what is known as a ‘Goldilocks zone’, which is to say that the temperature is just right to allow for the presence of water, not too hot, not too cold… Get it? Like the porridge! Sadly, it is also about 20 light years away, which I think would take about 1000 years to reach, given our technology. That number may be wrong; I do not have a light year converter app on my phone. However, I am fairly certain it works out at 1000 years. The point is that it is too far away to send people.
The men and women researching the planet and its surroundings from UCSC and Carnegie Institute in Washington have discovered six new worlds spinning round what is the most significant of the finds, Gliese 581, said to be the most Earth-like planet yet discovered.
One of the Astronomers, Steven Vogt, said “the fact we were able to detect this planet so quickly and so nearby tells us that planets like this must be really common.” This is as exciting a sentence as you will hear all year I think. Of course, there are some who will disregard the astronomer’s findings in favour of their religious beliefs. What say we just do not tell that lot when the spaceships are leaving for Gliese 581? All in favour say “HISlaH.”
Congratulations if you got that last bit. We are one and the same. However, I am versatile…
Here comes the science bit. Gliese 581g has a mass about 3 to 4 times that of earth and orbits its sun in 37 days. It is thought to be a rocky world and has enough gravity to possibly have an atmosphere.
There is no mention if the beings that live on it will be happy to share it with a bunch of bastards like us. No doubt, there will be some oil like substance underground that we just have to have. Within one year of being there, we will have villainized the locals and set about wiping them out. Nevertheless, as long as we are happy I guess all will be dandy.
Since the first exoplanet orbiting a star was discovered about a decade ago along with, hundreds more discovered outside our solar system. Many of them are giant balls of gas, like Jupiter or Rush Limbaugh.
Dr Vogts finishes with the statement that there could be “tens of billions of these systems in our galaxy.” If that is not for you, then there are always religious texts. Either way, enjoy your time on this planet. One of us is going to be right. If at all possible I would like to put my name forward as a candidate to travel to one of these places. I know I will not live to get there, but I would like to be an “Adam” like character, the thought of it pleases my ego.
Moreover, when you think about it, the story of Adam and Eve is quite obviously about aliens. If you do not agree with that then maybe you should read the bible again, within the first few pages of the first book, Genesis, it states quite clearly that after Cain kills his brother Abel, Cain is banished to the land of Nod where he takes up with some female from another tribe. Completely disregarding the fact that Adam and Eve are meant to be the first people.
Totally aliens, I welcome your arguments though.
henry hunter – Scotland (for the time being)