I just found-out that European astronomers have discovered an earth-like planet just outside our solar system which could potentially support life. Ok, when I say “just outside our solar system” I mean 20 light years away – so to put this in perspective, if we could travel at the speed of light, it would take 20 years to get there… so “just outside” is like saying that on a map of the world, Europe is only a few inches from Australia.
But despite how far away it is, this is still very cool because it’s bigger than Earth, has water (in liquid form unlike Mars where it’s frozen and we still haven’t figured-out a reasonable way of melting it and keeping it in liquid form once melted) and the temperature range is 0 to 40 degrees centigrade.
More details here: http://www.skynews.com.au/story.asp?id=166136
I think this is very cool (albeit very geeky) news and think the concept of potentially inhabiting a new planet to be fascinating. To validate this article I did some further digging around on the net and found something which I found even more interesting – a serious book written by two “educated” guys called – An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion.
One of the reviews of the book state “While the authors use both a lot of history and science fiction to develop realistic ideas of why and how invaders may come to take over the Earth the steps they suggest to prepare for the future conflicts are deadly serious.”
Sure, if there is the potential of extra terrestrial life-forms out there, then there’s a definite possibility we may not get along smoothly, but writing a book about strategies to defeat them using history (now as far as I’m aware, there isn’t a lot of official documented history of alien invasion) and science fiction is ludicrous.
Yet for some bizarre reason, the book hasn’t been publicly sledged and mocked yet… so I figure I have to do my part in making fun of it even if no one else has yet. If you see no further posts from me it’s because aliens killed me using advanced warfare techniques whilst I was too busy laughing about this book.