7 Planets found 127 Light years away


michael Winning

I just noticed this and thought some of you people might be interested.

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10 responses to “7 Planets found 127 Light years away

  1. Any chance that we could build a telescope in space big enough to let us see any of these planets?

  2. C H Ingoldby

    The Hubble Telescope might be big enough.

    Sad that at the moment in history that the galaxy is opening up to us, we should be turning our back on space flight and exploration. Just like the Chinese burning all their ocean going ships a century before Christopher Columbus.

  3. And I for one will welcome our new insect overlords.

  4. Graham Davies

    That HD 10180 does sound big. My HD 1080p is only about 3 feet across and only weighs in at about 2E-24 Earth masses!

  5. Gosh, that’s not very heavy, Graham old man: about 12 kilos I make that! What on earth shall we do now?

  6. None of these planets seem hospitable to life-forms like ours. There’s also the problem of getting there alive with supplies sufficient to support life.

    Terraforming Mars still looks like the best bet. I wonder what form of Government (if any) the New Martians will have.

    Tony

  7. Interstellar space travel, and indeed terraforming, are unlikely to be undertaken until humanity becomes immortal. That won’t be too long now, although of course it is impossible to predict when it will occur. Since it is unlikely to be possible to upgrade mortals to immortality- it will have to be done by genetic engineering of the germ line, I would imagine- it will be the most awful and horrifying thing to be part of that last generation who suffer senescence and death.

    But, once we’re immortal, such long term undertakings become reasonable and feasible. It it takes 1000 years to terraform Mars, and you can yourself wait 1000 years for the result, then that’s something people will be happy to invest the time and effort in. And if a journey to another star takes 100 years, again, that is worth doing.

    I think the future is going to be wonderful. I often feel genuinely very sad that I won’t live to see it. We are certainly in the last few generations of “Old Mankind”.

  8. Back with the actual stellar system rather than my wild futurist ravings-

    Although none of these planets appear to be suitable for life, there’s the possibility that that gas giant (planet H, if it exists) might have suitable moons.

    It looks like a reasonably orderly system; the first 6 planets follow very closely a doubling of distance from the primary, and there are two pairs of “twins”, suggesting they are all in place where they formed, rather than having been too chaotically knocked around. Further out, things get a bit less orderly with the orbital distances breaking the doubling rule, and that’s where the habitable zone is. There’s a small possiblity of a small world between G and H, for instance, which would be a good place for Earth-type life.

  9. The Titius-Bode Series is a fair “fit” for the orbits of the planets.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titius%E2%80%93Bode_law

    Hat tip to the memory of Petr Beckmann, from whom I learned this.

    Tony

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