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Interstellar planets could harbour life

Posted on Sunday, 15 May, 2011 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Persia

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Planets that exist on their own away from stars or orbits could potentially host alien life.

Interstellar planets are believed to originally form around stars but are later cast out due to gravitational tugs of war. A thick atmosphere or tidal heating from an orbiting moon could help to keep these solitary bodies warm in the darkness of space.

"They are often thought to be nearly invisible, since they are much dimmer than stars and do not have any suns nearby to illuminate them."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by DONTEATUS on 9 June, 2011, 22:45
Are youz guys using that New Math again? Now I know why E.T hasnt landed on the White House Lawn! We cant expect to see them for another Fourty Two Thousand years ! Dhooo!!!! Where`s Homer when you need Him?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Fanto on 10 June, 2011, 2:10
Are you saying modern society is much more advanced than Roman and Egyptian times, improved and superior? The science behind theories of life on other planets is certainly a humbling one. I'd argue that not only were ancient times superior to modern day society in almost every way, but far less barbaric.
Comment icon #14 Posted by aquatus1 on 10 June, 2011, 2:20
How would you argue that?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Fanto on 10 June, 2011, 2:29
In great length, touching upon the integrity of ancient democracies and republics, as well as the thriving intellectualism and ideas of ancient Greece and Rome that produced western philosophy and religions like Christianity. Are the wars we currently fight and America's war machine not made worse and even more barbaric by the fact that we have the past to learn from, yet so blatantly ignore it.
Comment icon #16 Posted by aquatus1 on 10 June, 2011, 8:09
Screw philosophy. Its sole purpose is so that we have something that shows us what hypocrites we are. Let's talk actions. I don't care about what people think. I care about what they do. What actions from the past convince you they were superior and less barbaric?
Comment icon #17 Posted by DONTEATUS on 10 June, 2011, 13:01
This is one of my fav,debates ! "The Good Old Days " The peoples of ancient Greece and in dfacto the so call civialized world of this era have in no way a better Life than we do today ! Look at all the improvments,health,extended Life span. Fast Food ! THe Internet ! not to mention the real advancments in our Lifes. "Hooters Resturants"
Comment icon #18 Posted by Vance665 on 10 June, 2011, 14:21
The guy hates America, it's clear. Gladiators fighting to the death and various medieval torture devices are nothing compared to the horrors of American Idol and Wal-Mart.
Comment icon #19 Posted by 747400 on 10 June, 2011, 16:51
You mean like the fabled Greek Democracy, when about a dozen people out of the whole population actually had the vote, and the slaves did all the work? Or all those highly paid labourers who weren't at all coerced into building the Pyramids?
Comment icon #20 Posted by DONTEATUS on 10 June, 2011, 19:51
Yeah ! Not to mention there version of Football,basketballs games ! Where the Lions and very advanced players of said sports weekly Feed the looser`s and Killed for the Fun of the Sport ! Very Advanced indeed ! Anyone for a Game of Head on a Stick?

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