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http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/4321/first-habitable-exoplanet-confirmed

Thoughts? Do you think the human race will EVER discover if we are truly the only intelligent life out there? If we'll ever be able to send colonies of people to other planets like this one? I doubt I'll ever see that day, but I hope that someday it will be possible.
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Absolutely amazing. And it's ridiculously close by (on a cosmic scale).
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Modelling of planet Gliese 581d shows it has the potential to be warm and wet enough


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Gravity about twice the size of Earth's... Gliese Olympics 3068? That'd be interesting.
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What if it's already inhabited.

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That's intense. If it didn't take 300,000 years to get there, I'd say it's pretty perfect. Also with regard to it might have sunlight on one side and none on the other.

Pretty cool in my opinion.
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The fact that they are still sending "goodwill messages" to other planets cracks me up. It's quite possible that it is able to support life, but it is nearly impossible that it would be home to life that could accept and transform radio signals into sound, let alone a language that can be understood.
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Oh shit. If there's life on that planet already then we've got no chance. It's like a planet of Supermans/Supermen.
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I looked at the link, and for a second there I thought you were referencing Cosmo.

Anyway, that's pretty sweet.
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That's intense. If it didn't take 300,000 years to get there, I'd say it's pretty perfect. Also with regard to it might have sunlight on one side and none on the other.

Pretty cool in my opinion.


Gliese 581g is tidally locked, not d. That's why g was discounted as a candidate for habitability; a planet needs to rotate to regulate temperature.
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Gliese 581g is tidally locked, not d. That's why g was discounted as a candidate for habitability; a planet needs to rotate to regulate temperature.


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The planet, spotted in 2007, had initially been dismissed as a candidate in the hunt for life. It receives less than a third of the solar radiation Earth gets, and may be "tidally locked", meaning that one side of it always faces the Sun, which would give it permanent dayside and nightside.

300,000 years to get there

But the new model, devised by CNRS climate scientists Robin Wordsworth, Francois Forget and colleagues, showed surprising potential. Its atmosphere would store heat well, thanks to its dense CO2, a greenhouse gas. And the red light from the star would also penetrate the atmosphere and warm the surface.


I thought that bit was referring to 581d, mainly the first paragraph saying that they originally thought it couldn't sustain life but now they think it could.
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Our only hope of even having a remote chance of getting there is if we find a way to travel (at least close to) the speed of light. Actually living there is waaaay out of the question.
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Couldn't we just put a guy and a girl in there and they could reproduce and keep a generation going until they get there?
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Couldn't we just put a guy and a girl in there and they could reproduce and keep a generation going until they get there?


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Couldn't we just put a guy and a girl in there and they could reproduce and keep a generation going until they get there?


Great. First contact and our representatives look like frog people.
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What if we stored like 30,000 frozen eggs and sperm?
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What if we stored like 30,000 frozen eggs and sperm?


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THATS SO ****ING COOL!

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Thats pretty cool. I think one day well discover some form of intelligent life
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I thought that bit was referring to 581d, mainly the first paragraph saying that they originally thought it couldn't sustain life but now they think it could.


I thought that at first, but 'the planet' is actually referring to Gliese 581g, which was discovered in 2007. d is a newer discovery.
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I've always thought that it'll depend on who visits who. I mean either way, whenever we make contact with other life humanity will be changed forever (notably is the predicted change from BC and AD to Before and After Contact), but I'm sure that whoever the domestic species during contact is will be dominated by the visitors.
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I thought that that link said cosmo magazine instead of cosmos magazine.
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I've always thought that it'll depend on who visits who. I mean either way, whenever we make contact with other life humanity will be changed forever (notably is the predicted change from BC and AD to Before and After Contact), but I'm sure that whoever the domestic species during contact is will be dominated by the visitors.


That's just it, though. Whoever visits the other first will almost certainly be more advanced simply because they can do so.
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Wooohooo...


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Thoughts? Do you think the human species will EVER discover if we are truly the only intelligent life out there? If we'll ever be able to send colonies of people to other planets like this one? I doubt I'll ever see that day, but I hope that someday it will be possible.

It's completely conceivable, just not in our lifetimes. A human could theoretically survive a round trip to the Vega star system (for example). It would simply take them 80 or so years, during which a few million years would pass by on Earth. Relativity, time dilation, an' 'at.
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I think that contact will eventually happen, but not in my lifetime.
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awesome i hope they find life
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I thought that at first, but 'the planet' is actually referring to Gliese 581g, which was discovered in 2007. d is a newer discovery.


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Are you absolutely sure?


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What I DO know is that Gliese 581g is tidally locked with Gliese 581.
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Not anymore

What I DO know is that Gliese 581g is tidally locked with Gliese 581.



On further research, 581d was discovered in 2007, 581g in 2010.
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#38
If we find life, it's only a matter of time before we infect them with smallpox and take all of their land and resources.
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On further research, 581d was discovered in 2007, 581g in 2010.


I think I was confusing 581d with 581c. (In the sense that I remember 581c being discovered in 2007 but don't remember hearing about 581d.)
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I love when they find things like this. Whats the probability that just because a planet looks like Earth and has the same properties of Earth (they can only guess by the way.) means it is a habitable planet. Unless something like Mass Effect happens right now and Aliens happily give us the technology to go to other planets then what the scientists are guessing is another Earth could just as well be a blue planet made of glass with green colored lava.
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