December 17, 2009

Astronauts will have to bring jet skis

In the great world of astronomy or whatever looking for planets is called, earthlings have found a planet that is full of water. Guess we wont have to worry about water running out if we figure out this whole "space flight" thingy.

Astronomers say they have detected a planet just six and a half times as massive as Earth at a distance so close its atmosphere could be studied, and with a density so low it's almost certain to have abundant water.

The alien world known as GJ 1214b orbits a red dwarf star one-fifth the size of our own sun, 40 light-years away in the constellation Ophiuchus, the astronomers reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

"Astronomically speaking, this is on our block," David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, lead author of the study, told reporters this week. "This is a next-door neighbor. For perspective, our own TV signals have already passed beyond the distance of this star."

So if there is life planet, chances are they've seen CSI Miami. Which means they hate us. 

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