Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Bearing Directly On Life Elsewhere

I'm on a roll here, so Janie's taking a break...

Yesterday came Habitable Planet Possible Around Nearby Star System from

As it bears directly on this part of the science conversation from yesterday, I thought it might be good to post about it separately.

A new computer simulation shows that amid the giant worlds orbiting 55 Cancri, a small rocky world could indeed have formed—in theory—and attracted enough water to support life as we know it.

"Our models show a habitable planet, a planet with mass, temperature and water content similar to Earth's, could have formed," said Rory Barnes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona.

We may have a better handle on the Drake Equation sooner than we thought, if there are more of this type of system discovered.

I'm rooting for the Trans-gender Purple Octopus Alien from 55 Cancri myself.

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