Earth-Like Exoplanet Found Within Habitable Zone Could Support Life

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#1 Posted by cslayer211 (833 posts) -

"The newfound exoplanet, a so-called "super-Earth" called HD 40307g, is located inside its host star's habitable zone,a just-right range of distances where liquid water may exist on a world's surface. And the planet lies a mere 42 light-years away from Earth, meaning that future telescopes might be able to image it directly, researchers said."

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It seems astronomers have been really successful with Kepler and other telescopes in finding new exoplanets. This discovery comes just after a planet was spotted near Alpha Centauri B, the closest exoplanet to earth (however it wasn't habitable.) The best part about this is probably how close the exoplanet is. I heard a while ago that NASA was working on new technology to directly image an exoplanet in visible light, so apparently 42 light years would be within range of the technology their planning on making.

#2 Posted by Alter_Echo (10722 posts) -

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

#3 Posted by turaaggeli (785 posts) -

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

Alter_Echo

I guess you haven't heard of a little thing called hyperdrive..... That baby is a time-saver.

#4 Posted by Alter_Echo (10722 posts) -

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

turaaggeli

I guess you haven't heard of a little thing called hyperdrive..... That baby is a time-saver.

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

#5 Posted by Pffrbt (6565 posts) -

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

Alter_Echo

HOW'S THAT FOR SOME POLITICAL COMMENTARY?

#6 Posted by l4dak47 (6838 posts) -

[QUOTE="turaaggeli"]

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

Alter_Echo

I guess you haven't heard of a little thing called hyperdrive..... That baby is a time-saver.

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

Nah, we can make it to Mars someday.
#7 Posted by sune_Gem (12463 posts) -

It's fascinating. Even if it doesn't contain life with equal intelligence to us it's still interesting to know.

Just imagine what the creatures there would look like.

#8 Posted by junglist101 (5462 posts) -

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

Alter_Echo

I think the point is less about us going there and more about the possibility of life outside of this planet...

#9 Posted by Alter_Echo (10722 posts) -

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

junglist101

I think the point is less about us going there and more about the possibility of life outside of this planet...

At best we find some bacteria or mutant space goat which only proves what is already a statistical certainty and then we do nothing else because it's too far away to explore or gather samples from. We get to look. Yay!

#10 Posted by cslayer211 (833 posts) -

[QUOTE="turaaggeli"]

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

Alter_Echo

I guess you haven't heard of a little thing called hyperdrive..... That baby is a time-saver.

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

NASA has been pretty good, but funding is really lacking. If that treaty in 1963 banning all nuclear explosions in space never went into effect, we could have reached the nearest star in only 44 years (taking 462 years to reach HD40307G.) Future technology involving anti-matter could propel spaceships even faster.

#11 Posted by roulettethedog (10978 posts) -

There is no doubt that there is at least one goldilocks (not to hot/cold) planet in deep space. But like others have posted, today's technology can not get us there in any realistic time period.

#12 Posted by Alter_Echo (10722 posts) -

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

[QUOTE="turaaggeli"] I guess you haven't heard of a little thing called hyperdrive..... That baby is a time-saver.

cslayer211

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

NASA has been pretty good, but funding is really lacking. If that treaty in 1963 banning all nuclear explosions in space never went into effect, we could have reached the nearest star in only 44 years (taking 462 years to reach HD40307G.) Future technology involving anti-matter could propel spaceships even faster.

NASA can land an auto piloted probe on a big rock and then gather some dirt with an icecream scoop and take pictures of a really far away object. Oh and they can strap people to a rocket and achieve escape velocity.

Go NASA!

Do you have any idea how much more complex and completely beyond our capability it would be for anything like that to ever happen? It probably wouldn't even make it past the "how are we paying for this" stage.

Fact : We are stuck here for until we are all gone and the best we can hope for is eventually landing on an uninhabitable planet somewhere in our own galaxy. Our telescopes have already seen 100x farther than we will ever go.

#13 Posted by junglist101 (5462 posts) -

[QUOTE="junglist101"]

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

Alter_Echo

I think the point is less about us going there and more about the possibility of life outside of this planet...

At best we find some bacteria or mutant space goat which only proves what is already a statistical certainty and then we do nothing else because it's too far away to explore or gather samples from. We get to look. Yay!

The ramifications of proving that there is life outside of earth are pretty significant. Statistics are one thing but answering the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe is another.

#14 Posted by junglist101 (5462 posts) -

[QUOTE="cslayer211"]

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

Alter_Echo

NASA has been pretty good, but funding is really lacking. If that treaty in 1963 banning all nuclear explosions in space never went into effect, we could have reached the nearest star in only 44 years (taking 462 years to reach HD40307G.) Future technology involving anti-matter could propel spaceships even faster.

NASA can land an auto piloted probe on a big rock and then gather some dirt with an icecream scoop and take pictures of a really far away object. Oh and they can strap people to a rocket and achieve escape velocity.

Go NASA!

Do you have any idea how much more complex and completely beyond our capability it would be for anything like that to ever happen? It probably wouldn't even make it past the "how are we paying for this" stage.

Fact : We are stuck here for until we are all gone and the best we can hope for is eventually landing on an inhabitable planet somewhere in our own galaxy. Our telescopes have already seen 100x farther than we will ever go.

I think his point is that had we put all the money and effort into space travel we could we would be much closer to long distance space travel then we are now.

#15 Posted by johnd13 (8226 posts) -

That is pretty awesome news. Just examining its surface and all the potential vegetation and more importantly other life forms is fascinating on its own. Unfortunately the closest we' ll get is through specialised telescopes as to send even unmanned spaceships is impossible for god knows how many years.

I just wish more funds could be spent on space exploration and travel.

#16 Posted by tenaka2 (17040 posts) -

[QUOTE="cslayer211"]

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

Alter_Echo

NASA has been pretty good, but funding is really lacking. If that treaty in 1963 banning all nuclear explosions in space never went into effect, we could have reached the nearest star in only 44 years (taking 462 years to reach HD40307G.) Future technology involving anti-matter could propel spaceships even faster.

NASA can land an auto piloted probe on a big rock and then gather some dirt with an icecream scoop and take pictures of a really far away object. Oh and they can strap people to a rocket and achieve escape velocity.

Go NASA!

Do you have any idea how much more complex and completely beyond our capability it would be for anything like that to ever happen? It probably wouldn't even make it past the "how are we paying for this" stage.

Fact : We are stuck here for until we are all gone and the best we can hope for is eventually landing on an inhabitable planet somewhere in our own galaxy. Our telescopes have already seen 100x farther than we will ever go.

Thats rather negative, yes, the chances are we will destroy ourselves but let us dream :)

#17 Posted by Borrizee (379 posts) -
Sometimes I wonder how much of all of that is true. I'm very interested in planets,space and other life there but we don't know even our own planet. Lets start here and now.
#18 Posted by LLYNCES (381 posts) -

Makes me wonder if there is any alien life out there looking at us from their planet and wondering "Yeah that small little planet is in the habitable zone, maybe it has life on it?"

#19 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13613 posts) -

In 100 years we'll be discussing if it is a good idea to be sending a high speed probe to that planet.

Exciting stuff.

#20 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

[QUOTE="turaaggeli"] I guess you haven't heard of a little thing called hyperdrive..... That baby is a time-saver.

l4dak47

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

Nah, we can make it to Mars someday.

Video related.

#21 Posted by gamerguru100 (10647 posts) -

LMAO, a "mere 42 light years". We won't make it there in our lifetime.

#22 Posted by sune_Gem (12463 posts) -

LMAO, a "mere 42 light years". We won't make it there in our lifetime.

gamerguru100

What if we find a cure for death first?

#23 Posted by jimkabrhel (15420 posts) -

Republicans suddenly become very interested in funding NASA again, just to be able to travel to said planet and start society over.:P

#24 Posted by sune_Gem (12463 posts) -

Republicans suddenly become very interested in funding NASA again, just to be able to travel to said planet and start society over.:P

jimkabrhel

It could do with a bit of a reset.

#25 Posted by DeathCl0ck (104 posts) -

I've always been interested in seeing what a *Fresh* Earth-like planet would look like from orbit.

#26 Posted by cslayer211 (833 posts) -

Republicans suddenly become very interested in funding NASA again, just to be able to travel to said planet and start society over.:P

jimkabrhel
I don't think Republicans or Democrats are interested in anything related to space unfortunately.
#27 Posted by GazaAli (22979 posts) -

That is pretty awesome news. Just examining its surface and all the potential vegetation and more importantly other life forms is fascinating on its own. Unfortunately the closest we' ll get is through specialised telescopes as to send even unmanned spaceships is impossible for god knows how many years.

I just wish more funds could be spent on space exploration and travel.

johnd13
We're too busy funding wars and extravagant BS.
#28 Posted by SouL-Tak3R (4024 posts) -

Too bad we can't reach it with our current technology.

#29 Posted by sexyweapons (5302 posts) -

Amazing!

#30 Posted by Allicrombie (25228 posts) -
Colonization is pretty much where we're headed. It may take 1000 years or 10,000 but we'll reach that point eventually.
#31 Posted by Zaibach (13457 posts) -

That is fantastic news :D INTERPLANETARY space travel will be what defines us as a species. I hope we dont destroy ourselves long enough to become citizens of the Cosmos.

ANd how about some imaginative names for these worlds....

#32 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

Typical of media to call any planet "Earth like". When reality is often quite different, be its distance or its size/mass.

#33 Posted by cslayer211 (833 posts) -

Typical of media to call any planet "Earth like". When reality is often quite different, be its distance or its size/mass.

dramaybaz
Scientist call it "Earth-like" not because it's a carbon copy of our planet called Earth, but because of it's habitability, rockiness, and support for liquid water.
#34 Posted by shadowkiller11 (7956 posts) -

[QUOTE="turaaggeli"]

[QUOTE="Alter_Echo"]

It's 280 trillion miles away. If we left right now traveling as fast as the current fastest man made object ( helios probe, gravity assisted ) it would take us roughly 206,000 YEARS to get there.

Sorry. We are still fvcked here on earth.

Alter_Echo

I guess you haven't heard of a little thing called hyperdrive..... That baby is a time-saver.

You are talking about a species that isn't even smart enough to figure out how to fix economic problems. Space travel to anywhere past the moon is a pipedream.

Hardly, It's an achievable dream with the development and progress of technology It just will not happen now or in the near future.
#35 Posted by soulless4now (41378 posts) -

We need to send Lindsay Lohan there immediately as a test subject.

#36 Posted by Optical_Order (5100 posts) -

Let's blow it up.

#37 Posted by mjf249 (2856 posts) -
It is amazing what they are finding out there! I think it is eventually coming in decades we might know we are not alone in the universe. The question is do you want to meet them? Interesting stuff, and also scary.
#38 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

It is amazing what they are finding out there! I think it is eventually coming in decades we might know we are not alone in the universe. The question is do you want to meet them? Interesting stuff, and also scary.mjf249

neil-degrasse-tyson-if-aliens-did-visit-.

#39 Posted by Swanogt19 (24159 posts) -
Too much money