Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Bob - Let there be Life

New planet discovered

This is the first extra-solar system planet that could possibly support earth-type life based on size /gravity /composition. As yet there is no evidence at all that it actually does support life. Nevertheless, speculation is running rampant and SETI is on the watch. Should life be discovered, imagine the implications. Everything we know about the evolution of life is extrapolated from an N = 1.

One of the intriguing things is how close this planet is. Image looking at earth from this vantage point. Humans would be at a stage prior to civilization, agriculture, settlements, and extremely low population densities. What would you conclude about the future of this species?

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