Reggie Watts Riffs on the Red Planet
I too have dreamed of going to Mars, in addition to also not dreaming about going to Mars, because not all our dreams can be about Mars, that’s just crazy talk.
Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home.
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered.
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute.
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]
Source: The Atlantic
Dog: WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING
THIS IS NOT WHAT MY FUR IS FOR
YOU NEED TO STOP
it’s so cute i want an army of them
OH MY GOD IT’S LIKE A MAGIC WRITING BOX I WANT IT.
"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives."
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