Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On Twin Earth He Is Smirnoff Yakov

Hype:
The closest planet yet outside of our solar system has been found by European astronomers orbiting Alpha Centauri B, one of the three stars that make up the Alpha Centauri system, which, at 4.3 light years away, is the nearest star system past our Sun.

“This result represents a major step towards the detection of a twin Earth in the immediate vicinity of the Sun,” said Xavier Dumusque, an astronomer at the Universidade do Porto, Portugal, and the lead author of a new paper on the discovery, in a statement on Wednesday. “We live in exciting times!”
Once we detect a twin Earth the obvious next step in the research is to nuke one to see if the other feels it.

10 comments:

Smut Clyde said...

Twin studies!
There is potential for a remake.

tigris said...

I figured this one.

ckc (not kc) said...

..."the immediate vicinity", eh? ... I'd better stock up on breath mints

Smut Clyde said...

nuke one to see if the other feels it

In my day when we wanted to make the world scream, we had to excavate a mine shaft all the way through the crust as far as the Moho discontinuity, so as to plunge a spike into the protoplasmic mantle thereby exposed. Kids today!

Substance McGravitas said...

..."the immediate vicinity", eh? ... I'd better stock up on breath mints

This is when you need one of those space elevators, but without that goddamned music.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Needs more whackaloonery... or theolomogy.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The Reptiloid Home World!

That's where Romney is from.
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Smut Clyde said...

I am legally obliged to link to a Wire track at this point.

Substance McGravitas said...

What's the problem with a comet if there are still a bunch of Earths left over?

Dr. kold_kadavr_flatliner, MD said...

Grrr, dude. Git some followers...