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    'Second Earth' found, 20 light years away

    Scientists have discovered a warm and rocky "second Earth" circling a star, a find they believe dramatically boosts the prospects that we are not alone.

    The planet is the most Earth-like ever spotted and is thought to have perfect conditions for water, an essential ingredient for life. Researchers detected the planet orbiting one of Earth's nearest stars, a cool red dwarf called Gliese 581, 20 light years away in the constellation of Libra.

    Measurements of the planet's celestial path suggest it is 1 times the size of our home planet, and orbits close to its sun, with a year of just 13 days. The planet's orbit brings it 14 times closer to its star than Earth is to the sun. But Gliese 581 burns at only 3,000C, half the temperature of our own sun, making conditions on the planet comfortable for life, with average ground temperatures estimated at 0 to 40C. Researchers claim the planet is likely to have an atmosphere. The discovery follows a three-year search for habitable planets by the European Southern Observatory at La Silla in Chile.

    "We wouldn't be surprised if there is life on this planet," said Stephane Udry, an astronomer on the project at the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland.

    Two years ago, the same team discovered a giant Neptune-sized planet orbiting Gliese 581. A closer look revealed the latest planetary discovery, along with a third, larger planet that orbits the star every 84 days. The planets have been named after their star, with the most earthlike called Gliese 581c. The team spotted the planet by searching the "habitable zone".

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    Re: 'Second Earth' found, 20 light years away

    Lets go.
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    Just 10 short years ago, my college astronomy teacher told us that we didn't have any hard proof that planets existed outside of our solar system. We theorized that planets were everywhere, but we hadn't actually seen evidence of them.
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    Re: 'Second Earth' found, 20 light years away

    What I really want to know is, in this bizarro earth, is there a discussion about trading Adam Dunn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking View Post
    What I really want to know is, in this bizarro earth, is there a discussion about trading Adam Dunn?
    BA w/ RISP is the end all be all to any statistic and their "supreme leader" is a poofy haired fancy boy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking View Post
    What I really want to know is, in this bizarro earth, is there a discussion about trading Adam Dunn?
    On this Earth Adam Dunn wins the triple crown every year and the Reds are 5 time defending champs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking View Post
    What I really want to know is, in this bizarro earth, is there a discussion about trading Adam Dunn?
    Yes, but Bizzaro Adam Dunn is a 5'6", 145 pound defensive shortstop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    Yes, but Bizzaro Adam Dunn is a 5'6", 145 pound defensive shortstop.
    ...who hates hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed View Post
    ...who hates hunting.
    and loves ground outs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    Yes, but Bizzaro Adam Dunn is a 5'6", 145 pound defensive shortstop.
    Conversely Bizarro Juan Castro's OPS is 1.150 and he is their homerun king.
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    The planet is the most Earth-like ever spotted and is thought to have perfect conditions for water, an essential ingredient for life.
    ... so far as we know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
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    Measurements of the planet's celestial path suggest it is 1 times the size of our home planet, and orbits close to its sun, with a year of just 13 days.
    Wow, that's gotta make Christmas shopping a pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    Wow, that's gotta make Christmas shopping a pain.
    RFS would be 2,872 years old on that planet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffy View Post
    RFS would be 2,872 years old on that planet.
    What do you mean That planet?
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    Gliese 581 sounds like a teen band name.

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