earthlike planet

It’s a perennial question: Are there other Earth-like planets – or planets full of life – out there?

New research suggests that Earth-like planets are actually pretty common, according to an analysis of the results of Nasa’s Kepler mission. As the diameter of a planet decreases, its frequency increases. Once the diameter reaches twice the diameter of Earth, it remains about the same.

If you love astronomy like we do, then this news should be exciting. The research focused on Earth-like stars in a similar orbit as Mercury, but the article noted that “further evidence suggests that the fraction of stars having planets the size of Earth or slightly bigger orbiting within Earth-like orbits may amount to 50 percent.”

This is timely news, especially as the availability of resources on our planet becomes more worrisome. We finally have new planets for us humans to dominate and exploit of resources. We can skip any lessons in moderation — our galaxy is a treasure trove of planets waiting to be harvested!

Not to mention all of the food. Orion’s baked space-beef. Soda made from corn starch from the corn planet Gliese 876 d.

And it only gets better if there is intelligent life. Let’s get some space wars going on. Finally something to unite the human race: killing other intelligent life. Think of the economic and social benefits of a totally awesome space war.

“The Earth Empire.” We like the sound of that.

The only problem is getting to these planets, which, if any of you know about astrophysics (we don’t), is harder than it sounds. We turn to members of the research team who reported these findings — UC Berkeley graduate student Erik Petigura, former postdoctoral fellow Andrew Howard and professor of astronomy Geoff Marcy.

You found the planets potentially full of life — now tell us how to get there and kill them!

Image source: Imagined Reality under Creative Commons

[genanchor] said:
Feb 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

Oh my god, you really know your stuffs don’t you? I have been telling my family, friends and they just didn’t nail it like you do!