'Super-Earth,' 1 of 50 Newfound Alien Planets, Could Potentially Support Life

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More than 50 new alien planets — including one so-called super-Earth that could potentially support life — have been discovered by an exoplanet-hunting telescope from the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

The newfound haul of alien planets includes 16 super-Earths, which are potentially rocky worlds that are more massive than our planet. One in particular - called HD 85512 b - has captured astronomers' attention because it orbits at the edge of its star's habitable zone, suggesting conditions could be ripe to support life.

The exoplanet findings came from observations from the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher instrument, or HARPS. The HARPS spectrograph is part of ESO's 11.8-foot (3.6-meter) telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.


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I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords.
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Oh great. More planets for us to rape and pillage. Yay.
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Oh great. More planets for us to rape and pillage. Yay.


No one invited you.
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This is cool and all, but this happens all the time, it's always, "HAY GUYZ THURS A PLANIT THAT COULD SUPPORT LIFE!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!"
"How far away is it?"
"only like....3493 lightyears away, closest one yet!"
"............so that information of it even being there is now useless seeing as we'll never get there."
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This is cool and all, but this happens all the time, it's always, "HAY GUYZ THURS A PLANIT THAT COULD SUPPORT LIFE!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!"
"How far away is it?"
"only like....3493 lightyears away, closest one yet!"
"............so that information of it even being there is now useless seeing as we'll never get there."


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This is cool and all, but this happens all the time, it's always, "HAY GUYZ THURS A PLANIT THAT COULD SUPPORT LIFE!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!"
"How far away is it?"
"only like....3493 lightyears away, closest one yet!"
"............so that information of it even being there is now useless seeing as we'll never get there."



Exactly. Until we develop much better propulsion, we're stuck here. Considering that our current knowledge base would require us to burn the Earth as a whole in order to move fast enough to even approach leaving the solar system in a timely manner which wouldn't require 4 or 5 generations of "stuck on a ship, so reproduce that way when we get to world B (which may or may no support life) there will be people left!"

I'm not saying we won't do it eventually... 100 years ago, you could almost never meet anyone who didn't live within a few hundred miles of you... but I'm not hopeful my children's children's children will be living on other planets.
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Awesome. A new planet that we "could potentially" ruin before looking for another one to "potentially" ruin.
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Only 35ly eh? Let's start sending them messages. But like, hope we get super lucky, because, you know, radio equipment is kinda specific

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Exactly. Until we develop much better propulsion, we're stuck here. Considering that our current knowledge base would require us to burn the Earth as a whole in order to move fast enough to even approach leaving the solar system in a timely manner which wouldn't require 4 or 5 generations of "stuck on a ship, so reproduce that way when we get to world B (which may or may no support life) there will be people left!"

I'm not saying we won't do it eventually... 100 years ago, you could almost never meet anyone who didn't live within a few hundred miles of you... but I'm not hopeful my children's children's children will be living on other planets.

If your great-grandkids are already living on other planets, then I'm a monkey's uncle.

And I hate them.

EDIT: whoops, missed the "not" in that sentence.
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in another internet forum, far, far, away:

OP: hey guys, a solar system has been discovered that could possibly support life within one of the planetary bodies a few thousand light years away

poster 1: who gives a shit man let's just continue being green and shit

poster 2: okay.ysh (i assume they don't have jpg)
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That's awesome. I was looking at the comments on the yahoo article and thought to myself



so this could be good for me.
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earlier in another thread someone posted a link to a youtube video of a futurama clip with some alien bastard saying something regarding how indifferent he is on the matter


well i cant find it but just imagine i put there here instead of all these words
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No, just no.
Nowhere in the bible does it say there is like elsewhere.
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Old news. Wake me up when they find a way to detect whether it has an atmosphere.
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I meant to post this.




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Old news. Wake me up when they find a way to detect whether it has an atmosphere.


Aren't the chances of that pretty high? It is far away enough from the sun and it has enough mass?
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Aren't the chances of that pretty high? It is far away enough from the sun and it has enough mass?

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Magnetism's more important. Mars is big enough to sustain an atmosphere, but it scarcely has a thin one. Earth has a magnetic field that deflects solar rays; Mars does not.


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"The Brain" pfft...
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"The Brain" pfft...

Yeah I should have known that. I study Earth sciences and forgot about something like that .

Wait... an '11er can't say something like that to me. **** YOU!
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This is cool and all, but this happens all the time, it's always, "HAY GUYZ THURS A PLANIT THAT COULD SUPPORT LIFE!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!"
"How far away is it?"
"only like....3493 lightyears away, closest one yet!"
"............so that information of it even being there is now useless seeing as we'll never get there."


Just get in your Medivac and right click that bitch. You'll get there eventually.
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