Come ON! This is just straight old Soviet Union-like propaganda. NASA trying to drum up some publicity in case Trump decides to chop its budget.
Why am I being so NEGATIVE about this new discovery and these 7 new Exoplanets.
Very simple. Because it means NOTHING. So what?
There have to be BILLIONS & BILLIONS, more likely TRILLIONS & TRILLIONS Exoplanets in the Universe. Simple as that.
That we found 7, 40 Light Years away means diddly. Just means that is as far as our CURRENT technology let us get.
We already know of and have catalogued upwards of 3,560 Exoplanets. So 7 new ones, however much they may look like Earth isn’t that exciting.
Plus, 40 Light Years is way, way, way too far.
The furthest we have managed to get, since the start of the Space Age 60 years ago, is 1.6 Light Days. Yes, 1.6 Lights Days. We have to go 228 times further to make that 1 Light Year.
So we have managed 1.6 Light Days in 40 years. So at this rate, assuming speed stays the same, it will take us 9,120 YEARS to complete 1 Light Year.
So, we are talking crazy distances, crazy timeframes.
MORE THAN LIKELY there is other life out there.
To always assume that this other life HAS to have the same requirements of Oxygen, water etc. in order to be a LIFEFORM is crazy and very provincial.
We just don’t know.
There could be life out there that is much more efficient that us. Maybe lifeforms that breathe pure hydrogen. Who knows.
But, this announcements doesn’t excite me.
Just a distraction.