Water found on 'mind-blowing' world able to support life

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by weltweit, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

  2. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    It is rather a mind blowing distance away, 111 light years away which is around 650 million million miles, too far to send a probe.
  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    We need a warp drive!
  4. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    The engines cannae take it, editor
  5. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Scotty can always find that extra bit of power when Kirk demands it.
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  6. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Won't someone think of the dilithium crystals???
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  7. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Without music, life would be a mistake.

    Come on NASA, get that warp drive up and running!
  8. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    We need Zefram Cochrane ...
  9. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    The planet probably has malign aliens who were looking back at us, and are on their way to enslave and eat us. :(
  10. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

    Just reverse the polarity of the plasma flow, be there in no time.
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  11. existentialist

    existentialist Girly swot

    There is a wonderful diagram of our quadrant of our local galaxy, with Earth plotted in its orbit around the Sun - I imagine it's floating around somewhere on the web. Around that, they have indicated the "shell" that is the limit to which radio transmissions, travelling at the speed of light, will have reached since humans first started transmitting them. It is not very far. I think the biggest factor in any question of encountering other civilisations is the sheer distance involved. Yes, there are, statistically speaking, guaranteed to be other sentient/intelligent species to be found in the universe. But the tiny, tiny bubble that is the limit our ability to travel to by current means is so miniscule as to make it really quite unlikely that we're going to be able to encounter one of them. And, even beyond that, the further they get away, the more out-of-date the signal we receive from them will be - where will we be in 3,000 years, when the early dawn of the radio age began broadcasting our sentient presence to the universe at large?

    Barring, of course, some kind of hyperspace/wormhole/warp type scenario that opens up horizons beyond the mere crawl of light.
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  12. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    So there is a planet b
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  13. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Of course what our telescopes are seeing is also 111 light years old.

    Things could have changed since then.
  14. existentialist

    existentialist Girly swot

    111 years old. "Light years" are a measure of distance.

    And you're right. If they're looking at us, they're looking at an Earth pre-TV, significant motor vehicle use, pre-pretty much any significant RF transmissions...even Nicholas Parsons would not have been born at the time that the light from Earth reaching them now left the planet :eek:
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  15. Argonia

    Argonia Happy go licky

    Looks like we will have to go there when the earth becomes a lifeless ball of carbon dioxide.
  16. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Would you recommend putting a deposit down on a ticket?
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  17. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    I found this which underlines how tiny our radio bubble is.


    This site shows what songs you would hear (approximately) up to 110 light years from Earth.
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  18. existentialist

    existentialist Girly swot

    Excellent, that's the very thing I was on about... :oldthumbsup::oldthumbsup:
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  19. High Voltage

    High Voltage In the top 97% of Urban's most interesting posters

    Don't be fucking ridiculous... Of course he was "alive" and longer
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  20. " God's"Marc

    " God's"Marc New Member

    Between that plank time micro fraction and " Now "- -" God " did a Whole lot and most of it started Hydrogen , "G"ravity and Intense Heat . . . . . .
  21. Argonia

    Argonia Happy go licky

    Sorry God'sMArc don't quite follow you there
  22. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    New: bijou, great value, desres, one-bed "apartments" on K2-18b. Short 111 light year commute to West End and City!
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  23. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty IdProle

    Good job we'll probably remain incapable of going there and fucking it up for the indigenous wildlife.
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