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“First ‘Alien Earth’ Will Be Found in 2013, Experts Say,” so start packing your bags.

December 28, 2012

Is this a theory, or just a postulation?

The first truly Earth-like alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe.

Would it, now? Dunno about you, but this part of humanity will still be holding down this chair. You go ahead and reassess, though.

While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own world — such as size or inferred surface temperature — they have yet to bag a bona fide “alien Earth.” But that should change in 2013, scientists say.

earth like planet“I’m very positive that the first Earth twin will be discovered next year,” said Abel Mendez, who runs the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.

Ah, so it’s really just a guess. An educated guess, maybe. A guess predicated on the advancement in exoplanet discovery rate of recent years. But really still just a guess.

Also a guess that might excite a rich donor or two. Which, honestly, is okay with me, as long as they also donate to the guy who thinks a warp drive is only a year or two away, too.

Where is my towel?

  1. December 29, 2012 8:40 am

    The problem with reassessing our place in the universe is making sure our place in the universe is updated on all of our magazine subscriptions and creditors.

    The universe only forwards our mail for so long, you know.


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