+1 to science.
A group of boffins claims to have spied the "first discovered terrestrial-mass exoplanet in the habitable zone", the BBC reports. The planet in question is orbiting the much-studied star Gliese 581, some 20 light-years away in the constellation Libra. Of the possible worlds circling the red M-class sun, Gliese 581d had already …
Sounds just like my hometown. All it needs to complete the comparison is no cinema, no nightlife, a body of water so chemically polluted only algae can survive near it, nothing open on a Sunday or after 6pm any other day, so many shoe shops that it's dangling on the edge of the shoe event horizon, and a bunch of young louts doing laps around the one-way system in their chavved-up land speeders.
Which is pretty impressive as most of the planets found so far all seem to be > 100 LY from Earth, often by quite a bit.
20LY seems almost "local".
The 16-25g surface gravity does not sound so appealing. That's roughly the mercury abort re-entry force *all* the time.
They'd borrow the money from a neighbouring star whilst saying "sure we'll pay you back!"
Also They used the other planet in the system to house the entire population in a single giant prison, having decided that they are just criminals waiting to commit a crime. (tbh that's just all democratically elected types driven by the intergalactic star franchise "Intergal Mail" and "Binary Sun")
Thats a bit high, however it would be interesting to see what strange life forms evolved in such conditions.
What I am wondering is if there is an "Exomoon" circling one of the planets in the Gliese system which is more Earth-like, and non tidally locked due to interaction between the "hot Jupiter" and star.
Expect a signal from there around 21/05/11.
AC, because this is classified MJ-12 ATS .
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