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    New Alien planet next door (yeah right)

    LOL at next door is trillions miles away


    http://news.yahoo.com/next-door-alie...233101461.html

    Astronomers have discovered an alien planet right in our solar system's backyard, but residents of Earth shouldn't get their hopes up for an exploration mission anytime soon. The newfound world is much too far away for probes to visit using current technology, experts say.
    Researchers announced Tuesday (Oct. 16) that the scorching-hot alien planet Alpha Centauri Bb, which is about as massive as Earth, resides in the three-star Alpha Centauri system. While no other star is closer to our sun than the Alpha Centauri trio, they're still about 4.3 light-years away, making a close-up look at the planet pretty much impossible right now.
    A robotic exoplanet mission launching today "would require about 40,000 years to get to Alpha Centauri," Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told reporters Tuesday. "So, given our propensity for instant gratification, that's not really an option that's on the table."
    But Laughlin, who was not involved in the discovery, added that attitudes could change if researchers made a few more intriguing discoveries in the Alpha Centauri system.
    25 trillion miles away
    One light-year is about 5.9 trillion miles (9.5 trillion kilometers). So the three stars in Alpha Centauri are more than 25 trillion miles (40 trillion km) from Earth. [Gallery: Nearby Alien Planet Alpha Centauri Bb]
    To put this huge distance into perspective: NASA's Voyager 1 probe, the most far-flung object ever launched from Earth, is currently about 11.3 billion miles (18.2 billion km) into its journey, cruising toward the edge of our solar system. Voyager 1 has thus covered less than 0.05 percent of the distance to Alpha Centauri Bb and the probe has been zooming through space for more than 35 years.
    New technologies needed
    Alpha Centauri Bb sits just 3.6 million miles (6 million km) from its sunlike star, completing one orbit every 3.2 days. As a result, the planet's surface is far too hot to support life as we know it, researchers said.
    But the solar systems containing a small, rocky world often have multiple planets, Laughlin said, so it's possible Alpha Centauri Bb has some siblings perhaps even a world or two out in its host star's "habitable zone," the range of distances that can support liquid water.
    If subsequent investigations do indeed find a potentially habitable planet circling Alpha Centauri B or one of the other two stars in the system, Alpha Centauri A and Proxima Centauri they may provide the push to get a probe out there, Laughlin said.
    "You might see a groundswell of excitement to look at new kinds of propulsion technologies, new kinds of missions that could get to Alpha Centauri not manned, but putting an unmanned probe there in a relatively short period of time, human-lifespan kinds of time frames," he said.
    Of course, some researchers are already trying to develop next-generation, super-fast propulsion systems, which include such concepts as nuclear rockets and antimatter fusion drives.
    Whenever such advanced technology becomes workable, it might send people as well as robotic probes hurtling toward Alpha Centauri; the system is one possible target of the 100 Year Starship initiative, a project that aims to lay the foundation for interstellar human spaceflight.
    So anyone who longs for humanity to colonize other solar systems should probably be rooting for astronomers to find a planet somewhere in the habitable zones of the Alpha Centauri system.
    "I think it really comes down to what the inventory of these stars looks like, whether there will be the extraordinary effort and excitement that are required to do those sorts of really groundbreaking things," Laughlin said.

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    Doesnt make much sense posting about that right now cause we will be able to get there only in 80-100 years.

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    Interesting...Sucks in our lifetime we won't be able to find another planet we can civilize

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    Interesting...Sucks in our lifetime we won't be able to find another planet we can civilize
    I wont be so sure. If life on mars will be possible, some of us might get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybertox View Post
    I wont be so sure. If life on mars will be possible, some of us might get there.
    Do you have any friggin' idea how long it would take to terraform Mars? Let alone the time it would take to acquire the ability to make trips of transportation for taking on such an immense project? No, we won't see that in our lifetimes.


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    I like the cool names they give all these newly discovered planet does make them sound very welcoming.
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    What we need is a space family like the Robinsons from Lost in Space. Then we could have 100yr long journeys with generations born on ship.

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    No we all need to learn instant transmission and then head there..lol

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    Nothing concrete has come from mars...however I don't believe we'll ever be able to habitat that planet

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterMunky View Post
    Do you have any friggin' idea how long it would take to terraform Mars? Let alone the time it would take to acquire the ability to make trips of transportation for taking on such an immense project? No, we won't see that in our lifetimes.
    Its not like we will fly there until everything is ready. If there is water, some colonies can be already established. Do you really expect that if we terraform mars it will look like earth? LOL absolutely not, there is no terraforming, just plant trees and build colonies. (if there is water, if not we wont be living there).
    Last edited by Cybertox; 10-18-2012 at 10:06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeviousOne View Post
    Interesting...Sucks in our lifetime we won't be able to find another planet we can civilize
    Who knows, maybe in our lifetime they'll find a way for us to live forever.........

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