A New Frontier?

 Potentially Habitable Planet Found

About 3 days ago, a yahoo tidbit caught my attention as I was checking my mail. Apparently a potentially habitable planet was found.

So starts the said article, (from which the image here is also taken:)

For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for “life in the universe.”

The planet is just the right size, might have water in liquid form, and in galactic terms is relatively nearby at 120 trillion miles away. But the star it closely orbits, known as a “red dwarf,” is much smaller, dimmer and cooler than our sun.

While I won’t get the chance to visit the place in this lifetime, it sure is interesting to see mankind set its eyes on a whole new and different frontier in this one.


One Response

  1. my officemate announced the news about this discovery. Earth 2? the sci-fi buff in me is excited. maybe in our lifetime we get to see the fruits of the Mars missions…

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