New planet, new life?

So the smart people with telescopes have found another possibly-habitable planet – in the Gliese 581 system about 120 trillion miles away. I think I’ll pack my ‘Stang and start heading over. I should be there almost never. However with our “advanced” technology, it would only take a few generations to arrive… which of course means that none of us will ever get to see this new world in action. Our kids won’t, either.

So here’s the upside: it’s larger than Earth, with a small sun – so much smaller that the planet is only 14 million miles away from its sun, unlike our planet which is 93 million miles away. As such, the planet rotates around the run every 37 days, as opposed to us having our planet rotate every 365 days. That means Christmas comes a lot sooner, kids.

For every upside, there is also some downside: the planet does not seem to rotate much. Or at all. So the bright side of the planet remains around 160-degrees, while the dark side chills around 25 below zero. This being the case, most of the planet is rather uninhabitable. However that “in between” area, where it’s always sunny in Gliese 581g, the temperature is “just right”, like Goldilocks’ porridge.

Astronomers claim there to be a 100% chance of life sustaining on this planet, if there is not life already (in the form of algae, bacteria, mold, etc) existing. They also believe there to be liquid water on the planet.

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It’s an awesome ride. =-)

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