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Thursday, September 30, 2010

'100 percent' chance for life on newly found planet?

 For people that have been coming to my blog, I am sorry for the lack of information on some of my posts. Basically my last few posts have been regurgitated internet media. But today, is different! And you read that title correctly!

An artist rendering shows the four inner planets of the Gliese 581 system and their host star.

Woah, what? Finally - a plant that could sustain life? No way!

Astronomers from the University of California and the Carnegie Institute of Washing have found a plant with similar characteristics to ours. Under the creative name of "Gliese 581g" this planet is roughly about 20 light years away from us...in other words 120 trillion miles. The astronomers say that this planet is about three times the size of Earth with similar gravitational properties.
"Scientists say the highest average temperature is about -12 degrees Celcius (10 Fahrenheit), but they point out that the planet doesn't have a night and day - one side continually faces the star and the other side faces the darkness of space. This means one side is blazing hot and the other freezing cold." 
It seems like there could be a spot where the temperature is "just right" to sustain life. I think that this is a remarkable discovery and I can't wait for more information.

Link to the source: here.

9 comments:

LoneIslander said...

Would seriously be amazing if you found just the right spot.

Chip said...

very interesting, i love findings like these

Freshman said...

I heard it on the news, sounds great :D:D

KnightOnlineGoldMaker said...

Imagine what kind of life there is... the % of oxygen on the planet can predict how big the lifeforms can be ... theirs so much to investigate and examine this planet.
kind of sucks that it's so far away from us.

november17 said...

too bad we'll never find out

The Juice said...

kinda scary

Kevorkian said...

very interesting!

vibe said...

interesting!

Wesh said...

wow... that's really awesome. too bad our chances of ever visiting this planet are considerably low :-/

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