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Re: Distant Planet May Have the Right Stuff
Posted by: Richard Adhikari 2010-10-01 14:25:07
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Planet Gliese 581g, the so-called Goldilocks planet whose discovery was announced earlier this week, may help prove Earth is not the only habitable planet in the universe. One reason for that is because it was so readily discovered -- scientists found it after looking at only nine nearby stars. "Planets in the habitable zone seem to be amazingly common based on the fact that we found this one in such a short period of time," Gillian Wilson, an associate professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of California Riverside, told TechNewsWorld.


Habitable planet?
Posted by: iflogic 2010-10-01 18:23:57 In reply to: Richard Adhikari
From the description of the planet Gliese 581g, it is very unlikely to have life. A 37 day year, and 3 to 4 times the mass of earth along with one side of the planet facing its host sun all the time raises the doubt of life there to a very high level. Keep in mind that many scientists that study the earth itself have repeatedly claimed that if earth were in a similar situation orbitally it would be a dead planet, and if it were only a fraction larger in mass the gravity itself would crush any biological entities attempting to develop here. That and the almost necessary neighbor - the moon, to keep the rotation of the planet from tilting and falling down like a top that loses its spin.

Looking for life in the universe other then earth? Keep looking.

Kudos
Posted by: kisses1 2010-10-03 11:48:37 In reply to: iflogic
iflogic! I just had to applaud you for your response. You have proposed a logical argument with depth. Shutting down the likeliness of any other life in our universe. The allegations and points presented in the article. HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE!
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