Attention: problem of global warming has been solved

Allow me to digress briefly from the stated blog topic: any time I see NASA in the news, I always think of this graphic, which I find hysterical. (For more barrels of laughs, if you’re ever short on any, I recommend searching “NASA” on theonion.com)

Anyway, NASA HAS discovered something super cool – what the media is branding as Earth 2.0.

Kepler-22b (what a super unsexy name – these 12 year-old Brits can do way better) is the first planet to be discovered in the habitable zone of a “sun-like star”:

The newly confirmed planet, Kepler-22b, is the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The planet is about 2.4 times the radius of Earth. Scientists don’t yet know if Kepler-22b has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition, but its discovery is a step closer to finding Earth-like planets.

Kepler-22b is located 600 light-years away. While the planet is larger than Earth, its orbit of 290 days around a sun-like star resembles that of our world. The planet’s host star belongs to the same class as our sun, called G-type, although it is slightly smaller and cooler.

Pause. Are you having thoughts of us getting into rocketships and jetting off? Because I kind of did.

So, no need to worry about global warming. Looks like our solution has been found… I jest, I jest (but can’t you hear a climate denier saying that?). This is an amazing discovery, and kudos to the team at NASA for their work!

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4 Comments

  1. svarga - December 8, 2011

    Would not it be nice to have the choice to get to another planet and ruin it too? However…if it is an Earth-like planet, then most likely have Earth-like beings living there. Because they are 600 light years away, most likely what we see now is equal of our Earth’s condition in the 1400s, which was not that bad. If they are like us, I’m kind of sure they are looking for another planet to ruin too. Can you imagine, they version of NASA announcing how they found us?
    I really wish our Media would spend more time and energy to question our elected leaders about actively working to make this planet better for generations to come, and less time about people getting sent out from airplane for behavioral problem.

  2. Anonymous - December 8, 2011

    Where is your logic? Because our year is 2012 and this planet is 400 light years away, they have 1600 technology. I hope you were just joking b/c there is really no correlation b/w Earth time and distance from Earth.

  3. Adrienne - December 13, 2011

    svarga, the chances of their being human-like life even on a planet similar to ours is minutely small. Whether there is even life there, breathable oxygen, water we can drink, green life, an atmosphere, etc., all attribute to whether or not this planet is habitable as well. Not to mention, the distance from our planet has nothing to do with where that planet would be in terms of time. If there are life forms there, they could be just getting started or they could have been there millions of years longer than us. I’m not basing my information on much more than a high school astronomy class, but this is what I remember. Still, it will be exciting if NASA can give us some positive feedback.

  4. uk superior term papers - May 20, 2012

    This is my essay topic. I bet there are billions more planets like this!