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Earth sized lava planet found
« on: October 17, 2012, 03:01:42 pm »
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Alpha Centauri—the star system closest to our sun and the inspiration for legions of science fiction writers—harbors at least one planet and probably more, astronomers announced Tuesday.

The planet orbits very close to Alpha Centauri B—the smaller of two paired stars—and likely has a lavalike consistency to show for it, scientists said. As such, the new world would be way too hot to support life as we know it.

Life or no life, the discovery is a "landmark," said Geneva Observatory astronomer Stéphane Udry, co-author of the study detailing the as yet unnamed planet in the journal Nature

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/121017-alpha-centauri-new-planet-science-space-udry/

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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 04:14:52 pm »
Don't remind me of the prequels.  Still this is a victory for science as good old evil Cave Johnson would say

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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 05:48:47 pm »
That's metal.
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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 05:53:41 pm »
That's metal.
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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 10:48:34 pm »
It boggles my mind that space is full of crazy shit like this, and we've only discovered an extremely tiny fraction of a percentage of it.

For instance, there exists a planet made of diamond.

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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 11:31:26 pm »
It boggles my mind that space is full of crazy shit like this, and we've only discovered an extremely tiny fraction of a percentage of it.

For instance, there exists a planet made of diamond.

You know girls really dig that planet, because diamonds are a girl's best friend... :D

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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2012, 02:02:29 am »
That was the one that caught my eye.  The planet Midnight...

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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012, 08:29:07 am »
What's alluded to in the article but not expounded on is that other earth-mass planets of that size may very well exist in orbit around this star, possibly in the habitable zone of the star.  Here's an article that explores and explains that a little better.

If that is found to be correct, the possibilities of detecting extraterrestrial life are quite exciting,
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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2012, 06:43:08 am »
And every time an exoplanet is found, what kind of picture is at the top of the article?
An 'artistic rendering'  ::)
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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2012, 02:34:45 pm »
Well, to be fair, the artistic renderings are more interesting than a photo of the night sky with an arrow pointing to the star the planet orbits. *shrug*
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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2012, 06:43:15 pm »
I like artistic renderings of almost-unknown things.  It shows me that some folks out there haven't killed their speculative imaginations.

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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2012, 09:20:35 pm »
Actually that's something that annoys me when I'm looking for pictures of awesome things from space, go to, say, NASA's website and a lot of the pictures there are artistic renderings, meanwhile some of the actual photos of actual things in space are so damn awesome, really, that's what I want to see (and/or set as my desktop background)


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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2012, 09:49:28 pm »
Now we just have to find a plausible way to colonize it.

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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2012, 12:07:42 am »
Actually that's something that annoys me when I'm looking for pictures of awesome things from space, go to, say, NASA's website and a lot of the pictures there are artistic renderings, meanwhile some of the actual photos of actual things in space are so damn awesome, really, that's what I want to see (and/or set as my desktop background)

I've got both in my wallpaper folder.  Maybe you could try a Google image search for (your resolution here)hubble photo space wallpaper.

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Re: Earth sized lava planet found
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2012, 12:13:16 am »
Now we just have to find a plausible way to colonize it.

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I don't know if we could colonize it, but we could always mine the fuck out of it somehow.