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Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:27 PM
OverSword, on 08 November 2012 - 04:04 PM, said:
Does anyone see where it says this planet is 7 times our mass? If you were to set foot on this planet you would be crushed like an elephant stepped on a grape. Not habitable. The conditions required for humans to exist on a planet are very specific to the planet we are on. We are not built to exist anywhere else. Imigrating to other planets is fantasy to be ranked with slaying dragons and fairies with wings like butterflies I hate to say.
unless we cross breed with the giant humanoid (or not) females. Im game, well, as long as its not their culture to rip the heads off the males and lay eggs in our throats. eww
At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes--an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new.
This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense. -- Carl Sagan
The fact that we can't currently visit the newly discovered planet, or that we, who are adapted to a much weaker gravity field, couldn't live there, scarcely render it valueless. Radio telescopes could be trained on the planet, and very likely will be. The fact that it is so relatively near could make it possible to detect even quite modest radio signals, if any are present.
Even if life there is too primitive (or too advanced) for radio, examination of its atmosphere, which will soon be possible, could inform us of its presence. Again, it's nearness is an advantage, as it will very probably allow us to do so sooner than with most known exoplanets.
We are currently very near the point of being able to detect truly Earth-like exoplanets. The near future will very likely turn up a number of these.
By the way, the size of the newly discovered planet is inferred to be roughly twice that of Earth, if it is a solid, rather than a gaseous body ( a super-Earth, rather than a mini-Neptune ). It's mass is given as 7 to 8 times that of Earth. Due the inverse square falling off of the force of gravity with distance, this means that the surface gravity of the new planet could be between 1 & 3/4 and 2 times that of Earth, *not* 7 or 8 times, which is is its mass. without consideration of its size. This makes it sound much more livable for large, motile life forms, though admittedly sturdily built ones.