Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Planets!

We always hoped they were out there, right? Exotic planets teeming with extraterrestrials - who knows what they could teach us! Today's excitement focuses on two newly discovered planets, euphoniously named Gliese 581 d and Gliese 581 e. Actual scientists say Gliese 581 d is in a "habitable zone -- just the right distance to sustain liquid water -- a common component of life on Earth". Therefore it might be capable of supporting life as we know it! The planets live somewhere in the area pictured to the left. So exciting! Send a probe! Include chocolate! We want to be friends.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, (PA); 04/22/2009, per EbscoHost
Graphic source: NASA

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking "Road trip!"

Warp factor 9!!