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Boffins using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have spotted faint signs of water on five distant planets orbiting stars beyond our Solar System. Youtube Video The presence of atmospheric water on a few exoplanets has been seen before, but the new study had been able to measure how much water there is on the multiple worlds. Two …

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Time for a new standard unit of measurement?

With more and more interstellar, planetary discovery appearing, isn't it about time we had the Voyager One standard year?

e.g. something along the lines of: "Voyager One isn't currently heading in the direction of planet Hoojymaflip but if it were (and had been heading that way since the start), it would still take another 50,000 years, making planet Hoojymaflip 50,000 Voyager years away."

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Re: Time for a new standard unit of measurement?

"Voyager One isn't currently heading in the direction of planet Hoojymaflip but if it were..."

Methinks you protest too much. This is a politician-level-quality non-denial "no-comment" non-confirmation.

What EXACTLY can be found on planet Hoojymaflip?

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Re: Time for a new standard unit of measurement?

Amazon's secret drone development facility and elf breeding program.

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That's great guys but what we really want you to look for are habitable planets with a measurable quantity of martini in the atmosphere. Gin or vodka is fine. Thanks chaps.

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"Yes, we know in the movie he was at the Hubble Space telescope and nowhere near the exoplanets in question.."

But then he quickly departed without any visible means of propulsion in the general direction of stars. If he can defy gravity (ahem) in such a way, he might just as easily teleport himself to a distant exoplanet to have a drink or two while enjoying the view...

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FRANK POOLE WAS FIRST!

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"But then he quickly departed without any visible means of propulsion in the general direction of stars. If he can defy gravity (ahem) in such a way, he might just as easily teleport himself to a distant exoplanet to have a drink or two while enjoying the view..."

Ah, well, if he was Defying Gravity then one of the Artefacts must have been calling him. :-)

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That video should have been done with Peter Jones narrating.

And some slight changes to the script, such as "To fully understand an exo-planet, astronomers must study its atmosphere, and the contents of its inhabitants sock drawers."

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"The gas giant was boiling and seething. It really couldn't stand those smug GPP doors any more than Marvin could."

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Water is fine, but are the alien fish tasty?

WASP-17b fish sticks, yum!

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None of the planets are candidates for immediate colonisation either, as all five are...

really, really far away

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