Nasa Confirms Habitable Planet - Billions Become Atheists

Well not really on the second part but it would be nice.

As you most likely have heard by now, NASA has found a planet that is possibly habitable which is to say that it orbits its sun in a distance that would allow water to exist on the surface. In fact the planet may be a lovely 72 degrees all year long. 

The big question that remains unanswered is, what is the surface made of? Studies are underway to find out whether it is gaseous, liquid or solid planet. If it is confirmed to contain a solid surface, which contains water, this would finally put a nail in coffin of the creationist argument that god made earth for us and that we are alone and blah blah blah. For those of us who actually think for themselves, this was a forgone conclusion because in our galaxy alone there are most likely upwards of 4 trillion planets and statistics would favor an earth-like planet existing somewhere in that wonderful star soup.

So whether this planet, named Kepler-22b, is gas or liquid, or plasma or whatever, is not as important as is the idea that it is in the correct position to sustain water thus sustain life. I love science. Checkmate Creationists!

There are tons of articles about this, some of which can be read here and here and here.

YEY SCIENCE!

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Comment by Akshay Bist on December 6, 2011 at 9:31am

Oh no! Not this again.

Okay, before people get over excited - 22b isn't another Earth. It's a good place to look for alien life. And that is no small matter, but it's not another Earth.

If you look at the image, it's a helluva lot bigger than Earth. 2.4 times bigger to be exact.

And if you assume it has a density similar to that of Earth's, then it would have 2.4 times Earths gravity. That means you would weigh 2.4 times as much as you weigh on Earth on 22b.

Robert, I know you didn't say anything about Earth II, but sorry I had to butt in before any idiotic comments about the same.

Comment by Robert Karp on December 6, 2011 at 9:38am

Thanks Akshay! Yes, it's not another Earth. At least there's no way to know yet. Here's hoping. Just a kewl discovery no?  Although I wish they would call all these planets "class M" in honor of TNG.  

Comment by Jared on December 6, 2011 at 10:13am

Yeah people make a lot of assumptions when the media keeps saying "Earth" like... its an interesting discovery for sure though. I agree with the M class thing... it would be a nice homage to Star Trek. Its interesting to think of things that may be possible one day. I know currently most of the galaxy would be too far for us to ever reach with what we know now but one day we may make some sort of break through that allows us to travel to far away places. When I hear people go on and on saying its all impossible and that we will never be able to go further away then our solar system I just think of all the times in history when people were told something is impossible. Who knows what we will discover in the next hundred or two hundred years technology wise. 

Comment by Matthew Willoughby on December 6, 2011 at 1:13pm

72 degrees year round is not lovely. I prefer 50-65

Comment by Judith van der Roos on December 6, 2011 at 2:14pm

Well if 22b makes you weigh twice as much then those men who go there are going to be mighty lonely because I doubt there is one single woman on Earth willing to go anywhere that doubles their weight ! 

Mind you this has made me think of a good question to post.

Judith vd R

Comment by Robert Karp on December 6, 2011 at 3:21pm

@ Judith. This planet people dont care about weight so it's all good.

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