Homey Planet Thursday

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A faraway planet in the constellation of Leo has been named the most habitable known world beyond the solar system after astronomers detected water vapour in its atmosphere.

It is the first time a planet in its star’s “Goldilocks zone” – where the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist – has been found to bear the life-sustaining substance in the blanket of gases that surround it.

The discovery has raised hopes that the planet, and similar worlds spotted in recent years, not only have conditions that can be suited to life, but in some cases may host living organisms.

“This is the first potentially habitable planet where the temperature is right and where we now know there is water,” said Angelos Tsiaras, an astronomer at University College London. “It’s the best candidate for habitability right now.”

The planet, named K2-18b, was first spotted in 2015 by Nasa’s Kepler space telescope. Roughly twice as big as Earth and eight times as massive, it orbits a cool red dwarf less than half the size of the sun, 110 light years away.

Ian Sample @ THE GUARDIAN

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18 Responses to Homey Planet Thursday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Micki, watch out for the boars from the north.

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    • Micki Jackson says:

      What?!?!

      Feral hogs from the north? I had heard about the concern that Canadian mature pigs were crossing the border into Montana, but here? In Whatcom County? Well, I suppose it’s quite possible.

      Damn! We’re gonna need a border wall. ‘Course they could “rototiller” under it. Oink!

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    A tiding of magpies.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    The now standard 14 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Tomorrow is Friday th 13th with a full moon.

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  5. Carol says:

    Pete came over, gave him my canned air and he once again cleaned out my CPU. One of the fans in it only turned sporadically, maybe that’s normal? Like our radiator fans today, they only come on when needed.

    We decided I needed a new fan. First we went down the basement and cannibalized a fan out of one of our old computers. Got it up here, alas, it has the wrong plug on the end. Pete ordered one on-line, but after having unplugged my fan to see how many holes in the end, and plugging it back in, the fan happily spun. He quickly cancelled the order.

    He watched my YouTube and took the guy’s advice of something to download to check my RAM. It’s called PassMark Mem Test 86. Had to boot up by pushing F12 to get into safe mode. Damn test took 3:37:31, and that was just for the 1st pass. Supposed to fun it for 4 passes. Screw that, after the first pass there were zero errors.

    Ok, RAM is good, machine is cleaned out. I’m still freezing up but it’s so quick, I hardly notice when it happens. Hmm. I’m curious about the fan. Pete may come over Sunday, I’ll have him open the CPU again to see what the fan is doing. Or maybe not, depending on how this goes the next couple days.

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  6. Carol says:

    Dog sitter is back, she arrived a little after 4:00 p.m. We chatted awhile and I left, giddy to have the evening off. She has a long day tomorrow, gone from 8:30 until 5:30. I’ll go collect the dogs a couple hours after she leaves, let them run around for awhile, then bring them over here until 3:00 dinner time. Take them back, feed them, let them run around, then put them in Jill’s house and they can nap until Courtney gets there. I have Saturday and Sunday totally off.

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  7. Den says:

    The end of a 13 hour driving day, made it back to Auburn in one piece.

    Beers in order.

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  8. Den says:

    Friday the 13th tomorrow, Blood Moon too, break out the rabbits foot, don’t walk under ladders, etc.

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