sagansense:

Regarding the recent NASA Kepler discovery of what is being dubbed the closest “Earth-like” or “Earth twin” planet…

"This planet Kepler-186f orbits a star that’s cooler and dimmer than the sun. So while we may have found a planet that’s the same size as Earth, and receives the same amount of energy to what Earth receives, it orbits a very different star. So, perhaps, instead of an Earth twin, we have discovered an Earth cousin," said NASA Ames Research Scientist Thomas Barclay, of BAERI.

Standing on the surface of Kepler-186f, this is how the view may appear. Credit: Danielle Futselaar

Not to downplay this hype, however. There’s no mistaking it…THIS IS A MAJOR MOMENT IN HUMAN HISTORY.

Astronomers have discovered planets that reside in the Goldilocks or Habitable Zone of solar systems outside of our own. This, however, is the first confirmed find of a planet as close in size (10% larger) to that of Earth.

"This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found. The results are absolutely rock solid. The planet itself may not be [rocky], but I’d bet my house on it. In any case, it’s a gem," Geoff Marcy, Astronomer at the University of California Berkeley told Space.com.

Kepler-186f’s potential for liquid water and perhaps, life, is what make its existence that much more intriguing. [view larger]

"Some people call these habitable planets, which of course we have no idea if they are, we simply know that they are in the habitable zone, and that is the best place to start looking for habitable planets," San Francisco State University astronomer and study co-author Stephen Kane said in a statement to Space.com.

"The four companion planets — Kepler-186b, Kepler-186c, Kepler-186d and Kepler-186e — whiz around their sun every four, seven, 13 and 22 days, respectively, making them too hot for life as we know it. These four inner planets all measure less than 1.5 times the size of Earth," noted in an official statement from NASA.

Geoff Marcy said, "This planet is modestly illuminated by its host star, a red dwarf. This planet basks in an orange-red glow from that star, much [like what] we enjoy at sunset."


Kepler-186f is 1 of 5 planets around its host star, which is a red dwarf, taking 130 days to orbit. As seen in the comparison-worthy artistic rendering above, Kepler-186f and our Earth would share similar views at dawn and dusk.


Whether or not Kepler-186f does contain life, one thing is for certain, there’s a whole lot more space to explore. If Carl were here to share in these continued findings, I believe he’d revert to a self-quoted suggestion from his novel-turned-motion-picture, Contact

“The universe is a pretty big place. If it is just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”

Stay curious. This is just the beginning.

varietybread:

Sketched out my 3 favorite characters!

And by three favorite characters I mean precious anime boyfriends who must be protected.

theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 

NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 

It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 

But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.

Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

reb789s-reblog-blog:

delusioninabox:

Daily #492! Some days may even be a bit of both.

I feel like this nearly everyday lately… .n. mainly since late 2012-early/late 2013 ”-and lately now 2014” when all the weird sh!t started happening to me for no reason, I’m not even joking…>n>

mrprince-ya:

Second in command of the Revolutionary Army. Sabo. 

mrprince-ya:

Second in command of the Revolutionary Army. Sabo. 

shirokaze2012:

I’d like to think that before Rebecca asked where the other Lucy went that Sabo was trying to figure out how to put himself out while Koala quietly laughed to herself.
Chapter 744 was such a great chapter.

shirokaze2012:

I’d like to think that before Rebecca asked where the other Lucy went that Sabo was trying to figure out how to put himself out while Koala quietly laughed to herself.

Chapter 744 was such a great chapter.

syqitten:

was finally able to draw the son

OH MY GOSH SABO AND KOALA LOOK SO GORGEOUS AHHHH

syqitten:

was finally able to draw the son

OH MY GOSH SABO AND KOALA LOOK SO GORGEOUS AHHHH

straightwhitelucci:

Here take this before I ruin it with colour

Seeing Sabo and Koala in Dragon’s Army made me so happy you have no idea.  

straightwhitelucci:

Here take this before I ruin it with colour

Seeing Sabo and Koala in Dragon’s Army made me so happy you have no idea.  

alvaroruso13:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS Set 2 by Quas-Quas

I want this on my wall

omegapineapple:

A friend linked me this and I just-

IT’S SO FUCKING CUTE OMG

xombiedirge:

Kill la Kill by ♣3

chibiq:

When someone tells you to go to bed cause it’s super late~

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