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Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« on: February 22, 2017, 04:51:11 PM »

That title's a bit of a mouthful.

The NASA team responsible for the discovery is doing an AMA on reddit right now.

The gist of the discovery is that they found a star system only 40 light years away with seven earth-sized planets in close proximity to one another. They're so close that if you were on one of those planets, you could see them like you can see our moon!

This breaks a record for earth-sized planets found in a star system, but the proximity to Sol makes it so that when the James Webb telescope launches next year we can look at these planets and figure out if they have an atmosphere conducive for producing life!
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 05:16:03 PM »

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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 05:26:11 PM »

Seven sisters breaks a record, I guess.

Cool. More lebensraum for us.
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2017, 03:59:23 AM »

The Goldilocks zone is only three planets, though, even if it is an orange dwarf, which tend to have the biggest ones, so it must be around the F9 class. Also, all this is nice and perfect, but it feels like we are earning the "Astronomers" perk in the Star Drive by scouting the closest systems before we are even dreaming about the proper star drive on our hands...

Scratch that, it is an M8 star. On one hand, those will still be burning in the primary phase when the Universe will be dying. On the other hand, it is bloody red. There won't be life in the form we are used to, like plants would be black to absorb the proper energy from their sun, not the green ones like here. Also your year is about 8 standard days, while your day might take MORE than that. Sheesh.

However the star is bloody metallic - seven rocky planets in one queue is a feat.
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2017, 03:10:48 PM »

And being 40 light years away, if any of those planets miraculously turned out to have space-age civilizations on them, we could expect to be getting their response to Hitler's transmission right about now...

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To: The blue Nazi planet bombarding us with radio waves
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2017, 04:32:22 PM »

In Italy the news although it has aroused attention, however, has already run the idea of colonizing the solar system .... :argh!


The conquest of the New World and the massacre of the Mesoamerican civilizations, did not teach anything :fp :^
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2017, 10:51:18 PM »

You have to ask W.W.M.D?

What Would Mussolini Do?
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2017, 03:05:10 AM »

Enough with the cliches ... Italy is not: Pizza, Mandolin, Mafia, Berlusconi, etc ...

We are not fascists, do not we all speak with a Neapolitan accent, Roman or Sicilian, not everyone has the sea, not everyone has their own city on the sea (see Venice) and not all are as friendly as they show in the movies.
As Catholic country, the church has less power of the past, although in a more subtle ... in short, the clichés are not exactly welcome  :indeed
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2017, 03:12:39 AM »

Dude, chill.  Nobody meant nothing offensive.
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2017, 04:51:29 AM »

The manner in which the statement was placed, sounded like a cliché, if there were no bad intentions, then I apologize for the tone that I used :D
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2017, 05:02:57 AM »

Usually if Humon wants to be a turd, he does it very openly :lol
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2017, 06:49:43 PM »

Asking an Italian to chill is like asking a German to tell a joke.

Sorry, I can't resist making fun of ethnic stereotypes. Vagabond has already had to put up with lots of Soviet jokes from me, hehe.
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Re: Discovery of nearby star system with 7 earth-sized planets
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2017, 03:42:53 AM »

We are relaxed, especially in comparison to the Germans, the most you can ask to limit the gesture of the hands :yes: :lol
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