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One in Five Stars Has Earth-sized Planet

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:07 PM

One in Five Stars Has Earth-sized Planet in Habitable Zone


W. M. Keck Observatory said:

Waimea, Hawaii – Scientists from University of California, Berkeley, and University of Hawaii, Manoa, have statistically determined that twenty percent of Sun-like stars in our galaxy have Earth-sized planets that could host life. The findings, gleaned from data collected from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft and the W. M. Keck Observatory, now satisfy Kepler's primary mission: to determine how many of the 100 billion stars in our galaxy have potentially habitable planets. The results are being published November 4 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  

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Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 20 January 2014 - 10:18 PM.
corrected title.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 01:20 AM

Yet we can reach none of them. :no:


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 01:21 AM

View PostSundew, on 05 November 2013 - 01:20 AM, said:

Yet we can reach none of them. :no:

Yet.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:53 AM

A universe teeming with life would be a wondrous thing, I admire those that are dedicating their careers to these discoveries.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:27 AM

View PostlibstaK, on 05 November 2013 - 02:53 AM, said:

A universe teeming with life would be a wondrous thing

I think Arthur C. Clarke summed it up rather nicely:

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:32 AM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 05 November 2013 - 03:27 AM, said:

I think Arthur C. Clarke summed it up rather nicely:
I see his point - to a point.  An expanse the size of the Universe, empty and devoid of life and then just us in one itty bitty corner - terrifies me more.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:18 PM

Amazing how the predominant thought on this has changed just in my lifetime.  Billions of earth like planets out there in our galaxy alone is an incredible thing to think about and even though we can't reach them now it gives one hope or thefuture.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:22 PM

Mankind is capable of achieving great things one step at a time even it means defying Gods will.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:39 PM

Knowing that there are others would be a comfort,... I just wish we could find a way to "get out there."

I still await the compelling Exhibit A.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 04:24 PM

I'm frankly doubtful that there are many planets that we could survive on naked.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 04:34 PM

How long until we get to charter a flight to one?


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:47 PM

The Universe was made for life.  There is a consciousness that permeates the Universe, the great Creator, that directs the Universe like a great Orchestra conductor.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:52 PM

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Mankind is capable of achieving great things one step at a time even it means defying Gods will.

Yes, but God gave mankind free will, so He knew that we would be inquisitive.  We were made that way, weren't we?


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:13 PM

People, we have sections for theological debate, this isn't one of them. Can we stick to the science side here and debate the existence of deities in the Spirituality, Religion and Beliefs and Spirituality vs Skepticism sections.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:37 PM

View PostOverSword, on 07 November 2013 - 04:24 PM, said:

I'm frankly doubtful that there are many planets that we could survive on naked.

Define "not many".

If just 0.0001% of planets within the habitable zone have conditions where we could survive naked there would still be 80,000 planets in our galaxy alone.

Besides there are a fair few regions on Earth where you wouldn't survive naked for long.

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