Friday, April 19, 2013

'Most Earth-like' worlds discovered

Aside from Boston, the media, worldwide, is excited about the discovery of two new planets, far away from us. These worlds are being called the "most Earth-like" ever discovered. This is BS. A great deal is being inferred from a really small amount of information. There is absolutely no way we can say they are similar to Earth. Typically a powerful telescope observes tiny oscillations in the light from a star, which means a planet is orbiting and tugging at the star. That's it. Nothing else. We don't know if there is water, we don't know if there's atmosphere -- nothing at all.

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