Friday, May 04, 2007
Gliese 581, a planet 20 light years away seems to have all the right components to have water and possibley a life sustaining atmosphere. Dimitar Sasselov of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who studies the structure and formation of planets, said he suspected that this planet could be even more congenial for life than Earth. We're thinking the people who live there are twice as big and healthy?
The planet was discovered by the European Southern Observatory’s telescope in La Silla, Chile, which has a special instrument that splits light to find wobbles in different wave lengths. Those wobbles reveal the existence of other worlds.Until now, all 220 planets astronomers have found outside our solar system have had the “Goldilocks problem.” They’ve been too hot, too cold or just plain too big and gaseous, like uninhabitable Jupiter.
The planet is 14 times closer to the star it orbits. Dr. Udry (the lead author of a paper describing the discovery that has been submitted to the Journal of Astrophysics & Astronomy) figures the red dwarf star would hang in the sky at a size 20 times larger than our moon. NICE! And it’s likely, but still not known, that the planet doesn’t rotate, so one side would always be sunlit and the other dark ("night people" can live on one side and morning people on the other). Anyone sitting on the planet would get heavier quickly, and birthdays would add up fast since it orbits its star every 13 days. Gravity is 1.6 times as strong as Earth’s so a 150-pound person would feel like 240 pounds. That would be a problem, but if we wore giant balloon shoes it might make up for the extra gravity.
PS. I know what you mean about the whole gravity thing, it's such a downer.
we'll all be covered by Kudzu with a few pineapple trees poping thru
Corns, I did a little lucid dreaming last night. I guess purely on your mention of it. I suddenly became aware that the phone was ringing in my dream and asked myself if it was happening for real, or in the dream. It was just my dream. But then it happened later and I asked the same question, but it turned out to be a real call. I need the dreams to be a little more interesting.
I think ringing a bell is actually a thing they do in the lucid dreaming workshop in Hawaii to act as a reminder or a signal that you are in a dream.
I've been having these awsome flying dreams of late but am interested in making the dreams more productive, like visiting my own studio to see what I'd make.
Capt'n those twins are trouble. I'm sorry to hear about the rape, I wish it could of been me.
So I used to dream about flying and it was so fucking incredible and real that I really thought I could do it. But them one night I had a dream that people were asking me to "take them up" with me. I did, but each time I did it, I lost more and more of my power and sank lower and lower, til I was just a person walking on my two legs. I don't think I had a flying dream after that. Jeez.