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Unformatted text preview: Astronomer, Alan Boss said, This is the closest planet to another earth that has been found to date, and the fact that have liquid water makes it even more fascinating and arguably the first habitable planet. The planet was ultimately discovered by measuring the back and forth wobbles that the orbiting planets bring on. Gliese 581c is about five times heavier than Earth and twice as wide. Astronomers are excited for the beginning of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and have radios that survey Gliese 581 for radio signals but have yet to find anything. Water will be the key as to whether life could exist on Gliese 581c, and determining, with a telescope, whether oceans exist there will be tricky, Tarter says. I think that humans have the answer but will never share for fear of a religious revolution....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2010 for the course GEOLOGY Envs 115 taught by Professor Schultz during the Spring '07 term at Santa Barbara City.
- Spring '07