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New Planet Discovered

Updated on March 2, 2013
Gliese581a is a Dwarf star, not as bright as our Sun.
Gliese581a is a Dwarf star, not as bright as our Sun.

Should We Look Any Further

There is a lot of talk in the scientific world, about the fact that a new planet has been found. It is thought that the conditions on this planet could support life, as we know it.

The name of this planet is Gliese581g. It has this name, firstly, by the name given to its Sun, a dwarf star, Gliese. Which was named after its discoverer Wilhelm Gliese[pronounced glee-zuh], a German astronomer. Secondly, it received the letter g, by being the sixth planet found to be circling the Sun, which was given the letter a.

The planet is thought to have a greater mass than Earth and is probably 1.3 - 2 times the size of Earth. It is located in the Libra constellation.

There will now probably be a great amount of money spent on finding out if life does exist on this planet. WHY?

Just to prove what most people already believe. That life does exist elsewhere in the Universe..

This planet is 6 trillion miles away, or 22 light years. This means that at travelling at the speed of light, it would take 22 years to reach it. Given that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second and our Space shuttle travels at 5 miles per second, you do the maths on how long it would take us to reach it.

Are scientists therefore going to study it from a distance to see if there are any forms of life on the planet? They have already said that life, as we know it could exist. If they want to find new life that can exist on conditions like that on Earth, then study the Earth.

It is estimated that between 2 - 100million species exist on Earth .With the exception of vertebrates of which there are probably believed to be 5000 still undiscovered, it is estimated that we have not yet discovered half the life forms on our own planet. Some of which are probably becoming extinct before we do find them.

Are scientists perhaps hoping that they will find intelligent life? Life that is by far more advanced than us and hope that they will share that knowledge with us? If an advanced life form does exist, why would it share its knowledge with us? Would we give a Neanderthal a machine gun? No. Knowledge must be learned progressively otherwise it may not be fully understood and that could be dangerous.

There is no doubt that, we have been able to improve our lifestyles because of space technology. However, we should learn to walk before we can run. Continuing to study our own solar system, including Earth, beforeĀ  venturing further into space.

Why would aliens with advanced knowledge wish to contact us? Inhabitants of a planet we do not fully understand and so are slowly destroying.

Surely the best way to attract attention, is to display good husbandry of our planet.


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      Barbara 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      The Westward movement or movement of peoples from one place to another is as old as the Neanderthals. Why would man's curiosity stop once the earth was settled? I for one have ancestors who moved to America from Norway. Are you a Native American? It is this wanderlust that inspires the desire to find life other places, in my opinion. And I'm all for it. (I haven't heard any more about such a new planet, so I am assuming the other comments are accurate and it does not exist?!) Thanks for an interesting controversy.

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      Plato 6 years ago

      ***sadjatko***If "climategate" has taught us anything it is that you can't believe anything the media promotes as scientific fact!???? i hope i'm misreading what your getting at with that statement , and if i am i apologise in advance, but if your truly a climate skeptic and believe that these "scientists" are cooking the books in some type of x files type conspiracy then i would go one step further and say you seem to have an agenda of your own and should stop reading conspiracy blogs.... and by the way , even if the whole planet believes in life outside our solar system ..and you don't , that doesn't mean there isn't. ... whats next ..creationism , sightings of elvis..

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      tsadjatko - When ever I hear new scientific information, I first want to know who funded it. Usually the new information is conducive to what they have been asked to find. Funding not truth, is the driving force.

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      TSAD 6 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      New Planet Discovered? I doubt it and you have fallen into the media's trap of twisting scientific fact to meet their agaenda.

      Very nice picture of the dwarf star and the "planet" but nowhere do you say it is an artist's (pipedream) representation nor does the media, usually, because they want you to believe their story.

      Truth is, the only way that scientists theorize there is a planet circling a star so far away it is impoosible to observe is to analyze the "miniscule wobble" in the rotation of the star and theorize through scientific calculations and instruments based on certain assumptions that the wobble is caused by a planet orbiting the star. Never do they tell you the percentage deviation in the accuracy of their instruments or calculations and I suspect it is larger than the degree of wobble predicted by the measurements, nor do they admit that unless we somehow can send a probe there to directly observe the event there is no way to tell conclusively that there is a planet orbiting that star, let alone an inhabitable planet with intelligent life - and by the way even if the whole of humanity believes there is life outside the earth it doesn't make it so!

      If "climategate" has taught us anything it is that you can't believe anything the media promotes as scientific fact!

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      ii3rittles 6 years ago

      Read my hub on Nephilims. It will explain alot. Thats all aliens are. Is there life on other planets? Who knows, but it is believed to be that Nibiru is where these Nephilims dwell and will soon be back on the earth as they were before. God is a wise being and if something like Him exist out there, I am sure just as He is good, there is also as evil that dwells in the universe.

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      rafken 7 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Me too, it is sometimes hard to be patient, when there is still so much to learn. Thanks, as always, for your comment.

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      Tony DeLorger 7 years ago

      Thanks mate, great hub. Just hope we can resolve some of these questions in my lifetime.