an Earth-like planet that they believe can support life. The
newly discovered exoplanet Gliese 581g, dubbed
Planet G, exists in the Gliese 581 system and is believed to be the
right size and location for life according to a press
release and webcast
from the National Science Foundation.Part of a six-member
family of planets, this particular exoplanet is situated in the
middle of the system's habitable region. Scientists believe the
temperatures at this position would be ideal for sustaining
on the planet's surface."The planet has to be the
right distance from the star so it's not too hot and not too cold
that liquid water can exist," said Paul Butler, a staff
scientist at the Carnegie
Institution of Washington. "And then the planet has to
have the right surface gravity."While similar to Earth,
Planet G has very distinct differences. This world is
tidally locked to its red dwarf sun and doesn't have days and
nights. Half of the planet is perpetually drenched in
sunlight while the other side is draped in darkness.
life forms would have a wide range of stable climates to
choose from and to evolve around, depending on their longitude,"
said Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa
it has not yet been determined whether or not water exists on the
planet, scientists are one hundred percent certain that Planet
G can support life."Personally, given the ubiquity and
propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say, my own
personal feeling is that the chances of life on this planet are 100
percent. I have almost no doubt about it,"Vogt said.An
article on this research can be found in this week's Astrophysical
quote: Plus its three times earth's mass? Yeah, I'll pass on moving in.
quote: Warp drive or an equivilant is physically impossible and species must build monstrous ships in which generations live and the ship travels slowly. Or species always burn out or reach technological peaks due to war, famine, or disease.
quote: Warp drive or an equivilant is physically impossible
quote: Or we are not hidden. We are in wide open view to one or many advanced civilizations and they observe and direct us for some purpose.
quote: actually, in theory we can. what we would need to do is to build a ship that can create a strong enough gravity field that it bends or folds space ahead of the ship. the kicker is we dont know how to create an energy source powerful enough to do that. need the power of anti-matter if i am recalling the theory right.
quote: theory we can. what we would need to do is to build a ship that can create a strong enough gravity field that it bends or folds space ahead of the ship. the kicker is we dont know how to create an energy source powerful enough to do that. need the power of anti-matter if i am recalling the theory right.
quote: Warp drive or an equivilant is physically impossible
quote: I'm sure if you showed an F-15 to a caveman, he'd say that'd be impossible too.
quote: How cute. I suppose this caveman also has an understanding of lift/drag, aerodynamics, and thermodynamic theory as well?
quote: Look I like Star Trek as much as the next guy, but get real. The distances involved in space travel are simply enormous. And the speed of light an absolute barrier. It may be possible in THEORY to go around that by "warping" time and space, but the practical process in making that happen is most likely impossible.
quote: If you showed a Intel Core processor to a programmer in the 50's when vacuum tubes were the computing device, he would say its impossible, there cannot be almost a billion vacuum tubes in that little square chip!
quote: You are incredibly short sighted or ignorant if you think, just because we don't know how, NOW, that we will never be able to.
quote: You know what, again, stupid analogy. A modern Intel CPU doesn't BEND TIME AND SPACE. It doesn't shatter the Theory of Relativity. It does NOT break physics.
quote: All of your examples are stupid. You're trying to compare people of older times, ignorant of modern advances, to the ability to shatter absolute barriers of physics and time and space that we KNOW to be facts. It's been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
quote: t may be possible in THEORY to go around that by "warping" time and space, but the practical process in making that happen is most likely impossible.
quote: The United States is the only country in the world that recognizes Scientology as a religion. Every other nation rightly considers it a cult.
quote: I think you might have something of a rose tinted view of religion and the church though.
quote: the Pope hardly lives on a trailer park.
quote: and I'm not sure that you are qualified to say what is or isn't a church of god anyway.
quote: And, there are probably a lot of Scientologists who do a lot of good and charitable works, does that makes it all OK too?
quote: as I have forgiven you for the condescending tone which your comment had, just FYI.
quote: Give me a few $$$ a week and I'll slowly let you think that I have the answer, then get you to know that you really need to find that out yourself, with my help... See you Sunday.
quote: Basically though, you just want to pick and choose the good bits and ignore all the abuses of the church/religion in general by saying that they are not real churches or whatever.
quote: and the church makes a great deal of money, has a lot of wealth.
quote: Basically, it seems that you are upset that I don't agree with you about what is counted as religion or religious,
quote: as are many many other churches and organisations and many of them take money and keep it.
quote: Projecting that anger onto me however
quote: often by selling answers that they don't really have (which is something that we both might not like) does not (sadly) make them disappear, simply because you say they don't count.
quote: Erm, I really don't know where to start debating with you as you seem to be in a world of your own.
quote: although you do seem to be some what sensitive and prone to over reacting and read far more into comments. I'm not sure what that might suggest.
quote: Anyway, I've got better things to do than go through all your points
quote: you've missed and explaining the simple points that appear to have gone over your head,
quote: So, we discover an unknowable planet orbiting an unknowable star in a set of circumstances too distant to ascertain to any degree of certainty...and "LO, there may be life"
quote: I think its simple minded and naieve to think we are all that exists, and the natural elitism that causes hesitation. How could anything possibly exist that's as smart or smarter than us? Reality is that there IS intelligent life, we just aren't intelligent enough to find it yet.
quote: Life has already been found on mars such as Biomorphs and "pond scum". While it is not that fun loving ET everyone thinks of - it IS life.
quote: I'm pretty sure there is other intelligent life out there, I think though we have not found it yet.
quote: Stay home, we need you here.
quote: "Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say, my own personal feeling is that the chances of life on this planet are 100 percent. I have almost no doubt about it,"Vogt said.
quote: it's not too hot and not too cold
quote: If we were 100% certain of everything, then there'd be no need for science, right?
quote: If we were 100% certain of everything, then there'd be no need for science, right? ....AKA Christians...
quote: The thread questioned a scientist's statement of 100% certainty. Anyone with a scientific background recognizes that as an absurd statement. This type of statement coming shortly after discovery is ludicrous. A person posted that certainty based solely upon 'wanting' to believe fits in more with religion as opposed to science.
quote: In the end, what is money? Metal and paper.
quote: Don't get me wrong still WAY beyond our technology to ever send a human to the planet...but then right now even 1 light year away is beyond our technology...FAR beyond our technology in fact.