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Rats. This would happen during the week when my starship is in the shop:

Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable planet of similar size to Earth in orbit around a nearby star.

A team of planet hunters spotted the alien world circling a red dwarf star called Gliese 581, 20 light years away.

The planet is in the "Goldilocks zone" of space around a star where surface temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to form.

"Our findings offer a very compelling case for a potentially habitable planet," said Steven Vogt, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "The fact that we were able to detect this planet so quickly and so nearby tells us that planets like this must be really common."

20 light years, though. Better pack a lunch. (Insert "intelligent life" joke here.)

Posted in: Science


Bob G.
Fri, 10/01/2010 - 8:13am

Don'cha hate when repair shops drag their feet?
I just can't remember WHERE I parked MINE...LOL.

Yeah, a packed lunch is definitely in order...

Gonna need a LOT of snacks.

Twenty years would be a good amount of time to age that bottle of wine JUST right, though...