Friday, April 27, 2007

A new planet for us to exploit

rob tornoe, tornoe, political cartoon

I don't know if you heard the news earlier this week, but European astronomers have found an "Earth-like" planet outside of our solar system, and relatively close, orbiting a red dwarf star every 13 days only 120 trillion miles away from Earth.

Dubbed Gilese 581 c, according to CNN, the new planet is about five times heavier than Earth, and gravity there would be 1.6 times as strong as ours. The research team believes the average temperature to be somewhere between 32 and 104 degrees and that set off celebrations among astronomers.

So pack your bags and get ready for a long ride, because with our existing technology, the journey would take roughly 87,509 years.

Scientists find most Earth-like planet yet
Major Discovery: New Planet Could Harbor Water and Life
Astronomers Find First Earth-like Planet in Habitable Zone

Here's the sketch:

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