Astronomers Discover Another Planet Earth

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Is it true?  Have astronomers found another earth-like planet revolving around a dwarf star?  Well it looks that way.  While other “Earth-like” planets have been discovered before, a brand new one is generating lots of excitement in astronomy circles because of how very Earth-like it actually is. Kepler-186f, is about 10% bigger than our planet and thought to be in the not-too-hot and not-too-cold range that would make water—and life—possible.

“This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found,” says a Berkeley astronomer not involved with the discovery. “The results are absolutely rock solid.” The planet is about 490 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, and it circles a red dwarf star, reportsAP. One known difference: Its year is only about 130 days.

“One of the things we’ve been looking for is maybe an Earth twin, which is an Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a sunlike star,” Kepler scientist Tom Barclay This one largely fits the bill. “So, while it’s not an Earth twin, it is perhaps an Earth cousin.” A SETI Institute researcher tells the Atlantic that the idea of finding alien life is “no longer in the realm of science fiction.” That’s because even if Kepler-186f proves to be a bust in the life-supporting department, its discovery suggests that lots more similar planets are out there waiting to be found, reports the LA Times. It quotes another SETI researcher calling this a “tip-of-the-iceberg discovery.”

Now one can only hope that someone will come up with a new name for Kepler-186f.  How about “Haven” because the inhabitants of Earth are going to need one after human generated greenhouse gases finally warm the planet to the point where life can no longer survive.

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17 Responses to Astronomers Discover Another Planet Earth

  1. Papamoka

    April 18, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Science dazzles the mind into the realm of possibilities. Now all we have to do is find a way to fold space to make the commute just a little bit shorter than 490 light years.

  2. BitcoDavid

    April 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Hello Warp drive! Let’s all go there. Maybe it’ll only take 25,000 years to totally f*ck that one up, as opposed to the 50,000 it took us, here.

  3. BitcoDavid

    April 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Of course, the Keplerians might have a different point of view.

    …But hell,

    …so did the Indians.

    • Michael John Scott

      April 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

      I just read an outstanding book called “Empire of the Summer Moon” that talks about the Indian wars, particularly the Comanches. I learned more in that read than I have through all my schooling, reading and etc. Yep. If we can we’ll be sending the Keplerians to reservations.

  4. BitcoDavid

    April 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. Get your Keplerian real estate now, before it’s too late. Simply go to and for as little as $100.00 (down payment) you too can own a piece of the prettiest little planet this side of Andromeda. Make checks payable to BitcoDavid Enterprises, Cayman Islands. Hurry, these deals won’t last!

    • Michael John Scott

      April 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Lol David and as you know that sort of “investment” opportunity is inevitable. As a matter of fact I’m working on something as we speak, but you can be a part of the new world through for a mere $25 🙂

      • BitcoDavid

        April 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        We could join forces and become 🙂

        • Michael John Scott

          April 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

          I love that! Might make for a fun website. Hmmmmm…….

  5. Marsha Woerner

    April 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

    And so the price wars begin… 🙂

    • Michael John Scott

      April 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      ….and so they do Marsha 🙂 🙂 Interested in some nice Keplerian swampland?

  6. Bill Formby

    April 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I got you all beat. I am going the route of the ads that used to be on the back of comic books. I am going sell square inches for a quarter each.

    • Michael John Scott

      April 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I remember them. You are now also a member of the United Kepler Cartel 🙂

      • Papamoka

        April 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        Somebody take my money. I want beach front inches!

        What do you mean you don’t take Monopoly money?

        • Michael John Scott

          April 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

          We will take Monopoly money provided you are unable to find an interplanetary exchange 🙂

  7. Sam Ghazal

    April 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    You guys made my day with these comments I swear:p Is it me or did anyone of you notice How old the Keplerians would be since their year lasts 130 days? :p its like a normal earth baby would be 4 months and a couple of days old but a Keplerian baby would be a year old:p
    Well dont mind me guys, havwnt slept in 36hs excuse my non sense

    • Michael John Scott

      April 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      LOL. NO problem Sam. I wonder what the life span of a Keplerian actually is?