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Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the "habitable zone" around a star not unlike our own.

The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C.

It is the closest confirmed planet yet to one like ours - an "Earth 2.0".

However, the team does not yet know if Kepler 22-b is made mostly of rock, gas or liquid.


It's a long shot to be honest, but it's still very interesting. What say you, Pit?
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about 600 light-years away


I used to know a bit about astronomy, but not anymore, how far is that?
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about 600 light-years away


I used to know a bit about astronomy, but not anymore, how far is that?

5.67643828 × 10 ^ 15 km.
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If you are a neutrino on steroids, you could give it a shot.
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about 600 light-years away


I used to know a bit about astronomy, but not anymore, how far is that?



the distance that a beam of light travels in one year x 600. even if we could go in a spaceship that travels at the speed of light, it would still take 600 years.
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the distance that a beam of light travels in one year x 600. even if we could go in a spaceship that travels at the speed of light, it would still take 600 years.


leaving the solar system is not allowed until faster-than-light travel has been achieved.
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leaving the solar system is not allowed until faster-than-light travel has been achieved.


Forgive me, im not an expert. How's that?
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Forgive me, im not an expert. How's that?


I'm just joking. It just wouldn't be practical. It would take to long to get anywhere.

You could freeze people and have an automated ship, but that sounds a lot like sending a few thousand people to die to me.

The best option would be to do what they have done in some scifi movies like Pandorum. Ships take a really long time to get anywhere but the population (since I am assuming we are talking about colony ships) is in a deep freeze. There are crews that work in shifts of a year or two to monitor the ships systems and those crews cycle in and out of cryo.

That is probably the best option for for space colonization in the near future but its extremely risky and once you are there, you are there for good.
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I'm just joking. It just wouldn't be practical. It would take to long to get anywhere.

You could freeze people and have an automated ship, but that sounds a lot like sending a few thousand people to die to me.

The best option would be to do what they have done in some scifi movies like Pandorum. Ships take a really long time to get anywhere but the population (since I am assuming we are talking about colony ships) is in a deep freeze. There are crews that work in shifts of a year or two to monitor the ships systems and those crews cycle in and out of cryo.

That is probably the best option for for space colonization in the near future but its extremely risky and once you are there, you are there for good.


A crew that is large enough to procreate and form a healthy population would seem more practical to me.
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So it'll take us about 1000 years minimum to reach it and see if it's inhabitable? I say we go for it. Send 4 fertile men and 4 loose women so that the mission does not die.
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So it'll take us about 1000 years minimum to reach it and see if it's inhabitable? I say we go for it. Send 4 fertile men and 4 loose women so that the mission does not die.



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So it'll take us about 1000 years minimum to reach it and see if it's inhabitable? I say we go for it. Send 4 fertile men and 4 loose women so that the mission does not die.

How did you get 1000 years? It'd take 600 years for light to get there starting from Earth.
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A crew that is large enough to procreate and form a healthy population would seem more practical to me.


A ship that could carry the significant amount of people required to colonize a planet would be pretty large. You also have to factor in the amount of space supplies are going to take up for the people to eat (not to mention use as tools when they land). In addition, you would also need lots of oxygen, water, storage for waste etc.

While all this is doable, it is much easier to just put everyone to sleep for 600 years (assuming that tech exists) and use space for the support of the crew and the items necessary for colonization.

That is only looking at it from a logistical standpoint to. How would living in space for 600 years affect a person psychologically? What about evolution? Would the people adapt to their spaceship? The lack of gravity poses a lot of issues as well. Reproduction in space is considered pretty impossible without gravity (not sex mind you, just fetal growth) or is at least a terrible idea.

Granted, if cryogenic freezing turns out to be impossible, that is probably the next best idea.

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How did you get 1000 years? It'd take 600 years for light to get there starting from Earth.


Whatever 10000 years minimum. Realistic estimations are not necessary for a joke.
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Ofcourse this planet is habitable. All men can inhabit a slab of dirt. It's the women who need grass, flowers, trees and all that shit. I bet they even invented oxygen.


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However, the team does not yet know if Kepler 22-b is made mostly of rock, gas or liquid.


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