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Is This the New Earth? Astronomers Discover Planet Just 20 Light Years Away With Similar Atmosphere and Gravity Which Could Supp

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Astronomers tonight announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet ever found - a rocky world three times the size of our own world, orbiting a star 20 light years away.


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Elainna Crowell (174)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 2:02 am
This is incredibly exciting. Thank you, Nancy

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 3:41 am
I would rather say it is the "old earth" being destroyed by mankind and this planet is the next to be destroyed by mankind - OR - We should try and find another planet because we are destroying this one.

Chien Chao (105)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 5:19 am
Thank you, Nancy

Morris G. (18)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 7:08 am
Interesting but...IF we are destroying this planet, this new one is not the answer. Besides the fact that it is not really not much at all like earth, using the fastest speed any space vehicle launched from earth has ever traveled it would take around 300,000 years to reach it. Seeing as how 300,000 years ago is ten times older than even the Cro Magnon era, this timeframe is outside human comprehension.

Kimberly Fulton (3)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 7:35 am
Maybe we should make a daily action stateing we won't wreck this new planet!

Rebecca T (1)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 7:58 am
I definitely don't think we should consider this to be a "new home" for Earthlings, given our immense lapse in intellectual and moral evolution. We have (had) the most beautiful of planets imaginable, and look what we continue to do to it and its amazing biodiversity. We have a lot to do (or perhaps undo is the better term) here before we propagate elsewhere. One MAJOR problem that is leading to our own planet's immense degradation is human overpopulation, and we are outright unwilling to do anything about that... rather we celebrate more and more births while frantically trying to figure out how to extend the lives of those already here. This is not a sustainable equation for any planet.

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 8:12 am
This is indeed exciting!

Denise P (65)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 8:42 am
Interesting........It's too far away from planet earth to get excited about!!!!

John Goodspeed (79)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 12:33 pm
Everything I've seen on TV today says that the distance from Earth to Gleise is 200 light years. Which distance is correct. Even the remote chance of Gleise serving as a kind of "life boat" for a few of the people of Earth after we destroy our own planet's ability to sustain life hinge on that distance. A 20 year flight is not beyond the realm of possibility. A 200 year flight probably is.

Mary Alexander (23)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 12:46 pm
Thanks for the article Nancy. I wonder if it has life on it? That would be so cool.

Christine A (57)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 12:57 pm
It is very interesting news. However, it will be a very long time before anything can be done about it and probably more life sustaining planets will be discovered meanwhile. Our urgent priority is to try to salvage and preserve what is left of our own 'home planet' before it is destroyed forever.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 12:58 pm
This is the coolest thing I've heard all week.

Pamela K (13)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 3:28 pm
This is fascinating. Lets hope the corporate moguls are already making plans to exploit it like they have this one!

Pamela K (13)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 3:30 pm
Oops!--I meant to say I hope the corporate mogules are NOT already making plans to exploit this new planet like they have Earth.

Antonio Mendes (134)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 3:55 pm
That's great! I'm sure that we aren't alone in the Universe! Thank you Nancy!

Dawnmarie Perez (17)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 4:46 pm
I beleive not to far in the future, man is looking for other planets that can support life, the way things are going on the planet EARTH, UNLESS MAN CHANGING HES WAYS WE WILL ALL CEASE TO EXIT!!!

Dawnmarie Perez (17)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 4:50 pm
By the time man is traveling to other galaxies and stars, we wil have by then conqured the speed of light , in that event for traveling "light years away" we will most likely be in suspended animation, where all our bodily functions including aging will cease to exit, and resume normally after we "wake up" but this i feel wont happen for at least maybe another 200 hundred yrs but i could be wrong!!!

Jacqueline L (1)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 6:15 pm
Good news ! But I sincerely hope we won't go and destroy this one as well. We should be kept here as long as we don't behave with respect. That's maybe why we didn't find a way of travelling throughout space yet. Just as well.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 6:15 pm
If the Hadron Super Collider can collaspe time and space into a wormhole and at the same time ( this is hard to fathom)an entity 20 light years away has the same capability and wants to time travel backward, this would be possible at that instant, though not likely.

Ricardo C (66)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 6:18 pm
Right around the nowhere!

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 6:56 pm
Noted, thanks.

Lucie Barr (8)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 9:34 pm
Rebecca T.'s comment almost brought tears to my eyes! We do have one of the most beautiful planets imagineable....

Caroline Vimla (16)
Friday October 1, 2010, 9:04 am
Do we need another Earth at the first place? We will destroy all the planets we inhabit...there is no use and no purpose in discovering a new planet to live in. Look around and see how destruction we are to this planet...

Jennifer M (78)
Friday October 1, 2010, 9:30 am
So cool!

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday October 1, 2010, 9:40 am
An exciting discovery indeed,
but likely too fay away fro us to reach
with our present technology.
And yeah, we'd likely corrupt and ruin
the new one, just as we're ruining this one.
Thanks, Nancy.

Penelope P (222)
Friday October 1, 2010, 10:27 am
Unless we get into teleporting more than apples it is unlikely any of us will make it out of here in time.
Any way we are not overpopulated repeat not onver populated we just have an inbalanced distribution of our resources . The money we spend on war for instance could feed and clothe every person on this planet the last time I read about it.

Furthermore if we shifted to renewables and rationalised and automated our production and cut down working hours we could all have more,work less and slow down global warming -will we?

Yvonne White (229)
Friday October 1, 2010, 3:14 pm
Cool! But with only a day or night, I would think life would be very limited.

Shirley S (187)
Friday October 1, 2010, 10:07 pm
Where are the UFOs coming from?

Bon L (0)
Saturday October 2, 2010, 12:48 am
Thanks for the article.

Vukan Simic (121)
Saturday October 2, 2010, 3:51 am
So cool, our new home, thanks for posting.

Susan L (150)
Monday October 4, 2010, 2:22 am
Such an interesting discovery & article. All the comments are quite interesting too. I think my thought would be most like Julie van Niekerk, "I would rather say it is the "old earth" being destroyed by mankind and this planet is the next to be destroyed by mankind." Makes more sense to me. But, who knows... it will be interesting if we find out.
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