European astronomers have recently announced that theyâ€™ve discovered another planet. According to the reports, itâ€™s slightly larger than earth, has about five times the mass and orbits a red dwarf about 20 light years away. What makes this one special is that it may have liquid water on it. Other planets that have been found have largely been gas giants that are to close to their sun to support life, at least as we know it.
The discovery was made with the European Southern Observatoryâ€™s 12-foot diameter telescope in La Silla, Chile. The planet was first detected by the telescopeâ€™s HARPS Spectrograph, a sensitive device for analyzing the light from distant astronomical objects.
Geoffrey Marcy, a University of California-Berkeley astronomer who has discovered most of the so-called exoplanets orbiting other stars, called it â€œa marvelous discovery â€¦ the best case for a habitable planetâ€ so far.
source: Mercury News
When I hear news like this I immediately start wondering about how the world would react to life on another planet, especially areas that are dominated by the Abrahamic religions as they put our species at the center of the universe.
Heck, most of them canâ€™t accept that man evolved from other life forms and many who do insist that their invisible friend had to have something to do with it.
I suspect that if we so much as found a rat on another planet much less an â€œintelligentâ€ species a good percentage would take to rioting in the streets.