Earth-like Planet Discovered

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Astronomers have discovered a nearby giant Earth-like planet.  The planet, known as GJ 1214b, is six and half times as large as Earth.  Planets this large, with a mass roughly between five and 10 times Earth’s, are known as superEarths.  Located 40 light-years away in the constellation Ophiuchus, the planet is close enough for study.  Astronomers believe that GJ 1214b is likely made mostly of water and is likely much hotter than Earth.

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20 Comments on “Earth-like Planet Discovered”

  1. maxfreund Says:

    A planet of hot water? I propose we rename it Jacuzzia, and focus all of our resources to moving there now.

  2. {JeLisa} Says:

    That is all sorts of awesome!

    I love reading stuff like this. 🙂

  3. chappy81 Says:

    Wow, that’s pretty cool. I hope we find another planet that has life one day!

  4. thanks 4 the info. Pl dont bother but can u tell me anything abt nibiru?

  5. tomorrowsgirls Says:

    I thnk it’s a little funny to call something this size, and with this mass “Earthlike.” Aside from the water they think is there (probably near the boiling point), what exactly would qualify something this massive as “Earthlike?” The mass alone (10 times Earth’s) would make the gravitational pull on your average Earth Mamal akin to making the poor critter carry a CAR on his back.

  6. ideameus Says:

    It was earth but global warming made the oceans rise until the mass was 10 times earth. Beneath the oceans that cover its surface of pure H2O are all carbon emitting life forms. :))

  7. theaveragepoet Says:

    I wonder how long it would take for us to reach it… 40 light years… hmm

  8. This is way cool. It got my attention right away and I went there. Short, but informative and inspiring.

  9. ObammA Says:

    nice info. keep up the good job.
    anyway thanks for sharing

  10. So in the future we’ll visit GJ 1214b use UFO-like… LOL

  11. psychostudio Says:

    how can we go there? its 40 light-years away.
    anyway, great discovery.

  12. jingle Says:

    amazing discovery, science is almost like facts, we agree and admire, we are happy to know it.

    thank you!

  13. Thomas Moroney Says:

    But since the planet is huge, wouldn’t it be kinda hard to get used to the gravity? It would be a lot harder to fly planes and to lift things. I don’t think there will really be any thoughts about moving to this planet. It will just be something pretty to look at.

  14. proartist Says:

    Fantastic! Super serious discoveries are great…really wonderful! On the playful side, I have serious artistic fun with my imagination. Can I send you a free Alien Airlines Ticket? In case you’re wondering where it might take you, first go to my blog and see my painting: INTERGALACTIC FLEA MARKET.

  15. uduma Says:

    that’s interesting…are we sure its not the Planet called Heaven…lol

  16. Rod Says:

    40 light years away hmm. Build a space ship as big as a state. It can be built out there in outer space so building space wont be problem. It will have everything needed to sustain life, like on-board agriculture, on-board cities, meaning everything that on-board communities need for a normal life like that on Earth. Maybe supercargo, or should I say super Noah’s ark, can cruise safely at 10 thousand mph or more. Lazy to compute, how long would that take? Surely great great grandchildren of the first passengers will make it there, though 🙂

  17. Yeah, I’d like to go to Jacuzzia… Sounds like a nicer place to be than in Massachusetts for the winter.

  18. Paul Kohler Says:

    It is just a spec. The biggest part of the discovery is that we are identifying far off planets because the light from other suns make it incredibly difficult, previously impossible, to be able to spot any planets that orbit them. There are trillions of other stars with thousands of trillions of planets around them. That sets up the odds pretty well that there are a couple more life supporting planets out there. Also, we may not find it easy to survive on a planet with that much gravity but that is not to say that there aren’t other, much stronger beings that live there or have lived there in the past.

  19. philip harvey Says:

    Of course this is another great milestone in planetary descovery. However, I like many others look forward to detecting another Earth-like planet of comparable mass and in the Golidilocks region.

    I recommend we focus all attention on red dwarfs, as these are more common and provide for easier planet detection. I would consequently hazard a guess that lifeforms on planets around such stars would represent the most common life-form in the Universe.

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