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Careful, Tarantulas and scorpions are pretty meaty, some of your kin might end up on the menu.
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:25 PM
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Careful, Tarantulas and scorpions are pretty meaty, some of your kin might end up on the menu.
Don't tell anyone else, but we've kind of been eating each other for millions of years.
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:09 PM
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Old 02-21-2017, 03:08 PM
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Big Nasa announcement regarding exoplanets tomorrow.
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/n...-solar-system/

According to this
http://nasawatch.com/archives/2017/0...r-discove.html
they discovered 7 (!) earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf 40 lightyears away.
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Old 02-21-2017, 04:07 PM
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Big Nasa announcement regarding exoplanets tomorrow.
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/n...-solar-system/

According to this
http://nasawatch.com/archives/2017/0...r-discove.html
they discovered 7 (!) earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf 40 lightyears away.
Holy shit, I didn't even know we were at the point of detecting earth-sized planets. That's awesome!
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Old 02-22-2017, 08:17 AM
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Interesting enough but red dwarfs have some serious issues when it comes to habitability. Namely to have liquid water they have to be so close in that they are tidally locked which renders most of the planet uninhabitable. Also red dwarfs spew out a lot of radiation which might cook a planet, strip it of its atmosphere or just make it very hard for life to evolve.

Still even if that is the announcement I am looking forward to it, I am a huge space enthusiast. And maybe it's something even better.

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Holy shit, I didn't even know we were at the point of detecting earth-sized planets. That's awesome!
We have been for a while, we've even found at least one that is slightly smaller that might bear life. Here is one found by Kepler Space Telescope years ago.

Soon James Webb Space Telescope will launch and that will be a real game changer, it will be good enough to detect planetary atmospheres in some cases which can tell us if it has water, oxygen and maybe even confirm the presence of life. And in some very lucky cases JWST might even be able to detect huge planetary features like continents and oceans or if the night side of the planet has too much light which suggests cities.

Things should get very exciting in just a year or two.
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Old 02-22-2017, 08:44 AM
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The 20s might hold some promise.
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The 20s might hold some promise.
Lets see if Musk can pull off a wizardry to beat all his previous wizard acts.
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Old 02-22-2017, 09:21 AM
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Lets see if Musk can pull off a wizardry to beat all his previous wizard acts.
A true wizard saves his best tricks for last. He has the right combination of gifts to pull through if the circumstances wills it.
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Old 02-22-2017, 09:44 AM
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We have the technologies and capabilities to gaze out on waves/particles of light eminating from distances nigh incomprehensible to our own feeble minds. We can detect and extrapolate from the wavelengths to get an idea of the chemical compounds found on individual planets, whether or not it is suited for life as we know it. The knowledge we possess of the universe in which we make our homes is simply put amazing and awesome.

And something just as amazing and awesome, though not for the same reasons, is the lack of knowledge we have when it comes to our own brain and body. We are strangers to ourselves. But science is in a constant state of progression, and it's only a matter of time before we'll crack that nut too. For instance, we finally know why some people are right-handed, and some prefer their left.
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We have the technologies and capabilities to gaze out on waves/particles of light eminating from distances nigh incomprehensible to our own feeble minds. We can detect and extrapolate from the wavelengths to get an idea of the chemical compounds found on individual planets, whether or not it is suited for life as we know it. The knowledge we possess of the universe in which we make our homes is simply put amazing and awesome.

And something just as amazing and awesome, though not for the same reasons, is the lack of knowledge we have when it comes to our own brain and body. We are strangers to ourselves. But science is in a constant state of progression, and it's only a matter of time before we'll crack that nut too. For instance, we finally know why some people are right-handed, and some prefer their left.
Yet what we know is but a grain of sand in a vast desert.
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Yet what we know is but a grain of sand in a vast desert.
Yeah, that's an even more amazing and awesome fact.

I quite like the analogy of our knowledge of the universe being much like a glass of water in comparison to the ocean. The narrow sliver of the universe we can observe, whilst full of galaxies, and their stars and planets, is just a sample size of what's believed to be out there.

I personally don't think there's much going on in the rest of the universe of direct interest to us (partly because it'd be so far away from us to ever truly affect us ((assuming we don't learn to take shortcuts through space-time, of course)). What's out there is bound to adhere to the same rules of nature that we are, and the results shouldn't differ much from here to there. Logically there shouldn't be events taking place that can't take place here. But on the other hand the universe has no obligation to adhere to what humans deem logical, and I could very well be wrong.
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Old 02-22-2017, 10:17 AM
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"The clam, then, is what you might call God."
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"The world is an infinite pearl of accumulated and overlapping Powers and Principles, and all that you perceive is but the grain of dross about which they have congealed."

"What of the clam?"

"The clam, then, is what you might call God."
I tried to read this post but all I could see was:

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Old 02-22-2017, 03:20 PM
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I know we've been able to detect Earth-sized planets for some time now. But determining Earth-like qualities is something different takes more finesse.
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Holy shit, I didn't even know we were at the point of detecting earth-sized planets. That's awesome!
If you think that's cool, check this out:


That's a 7-year timelapse of four gas giants orbiting the star HR 8799.
The one closest to the star has an orbital period of about 50 years.
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More info on the NASA find:


Yeah it is seven planets closely orbiting a red dwarf star, three in the strict habitable zone but others could also have liquid water on the surface if their atmosphere is of the right composition.

From what I've watched so far the interesting bits are that they were able to measure both diameter of the planets and their mass (because the planets orbit so tightly they tug on each other so mass can be calculated from this interaction). This is pretty huge because that lets the calculate density and make educated guesses on what the planets are made of. One shows strong evidence to be water rich and it is in the habitable zone.
The coolest thing for me is that the planets are so tightly bound when looking from one towards the others they appear Moon sized in the sky and sometimes even bigger. How awesome is that, looking up and being able to see the face of another world in detail?

Of course lets not get crazy because again red dwarfs are not good parents. Tidal locking, pulses of radiation and probably a whole host of other issues we can't even guess at now, they are quite different to sun like stars after all.
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Of course lets not get crazy because again red dwarfs are not good parents. Tidal locking, pulses of radiation and probably a whole host of other issues we can't even guess at now, they are quite different to sun like stars after all.
Actually i say lets get crazy, get public excitement, more donations to nasa, more good scifi
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Actually i say lets get crazy, get public excitement, more donations to nasa, more good scifi
You have far too many "what does space get me" types already. I think the last thing that is needed is fake hype. Plus it is unethical to go on about as if discovering alien life is imminent when it is in truth very unlikely.

But if you wanna get hyped here are two documentaries done by astrobiologists and other scientists on how life on a gas giant moon and a red dwarf planet might look like:

(the full videos are in the description)

It's pretty awesome, the thing is since one side always faces the sun the other side gets permanently frozen and dark. Due to the sun always hitting the same spot there is a permanent giga hurricane in the center of the sunlit side which leaves only a thin ring between the storm and the frozen half for life to inhabit.

The other one is about a moon around a gas giant, the "shtick" is that the moon has a very dense atmosphere but light gravity (kinda like Titan here in Sol system). This lets huge things fly on that world.
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You have far too many "what does space get me" types already. I think the last thing that is needed is fake hype. Plus it is unethical to go on about as if discovering alien life is imminent when it is in truth very unlikely.
I'm not suggesting fake hype, but there should be an effort to get the public more interested in this stuff because it's important in the long run, recapture some of that mystique that the first launches and moon landing had.
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