This morning I woke up to the news announcing the discovery of a new Earth-like planet orbiting a star in the constellation Libra. How awesome is that? Answer: very. There’s a good chance the planet is rocky, temperate, and watery, all of which makes it a prime place to start digging around for signs of life! The estimated temperatures range from 32 to 104F, which happens to be much, much more livable than Boston. If someone there sells a decent slice of pizza, I’ll be on the first rocket out of the Hub.
Of course, when I logged on to the Interwebbery I immediately checked out my darling Phil’s blog, and I encourage you to do the same to get the astronomically-correct info.
One quote from Phil really struck me:
Up until 1995 we werenâ€™t even sure if any other stars had planets!
I had no idea — what an amazing thought, that in just twelve years we’ve managed to explore and discover so much about our universe. For comparison, it took me three years just to discover the Shawarma joint three blocks from my apartment.
This discovery is really only the beginning of a whole new task, with many more questions still unanswered. The most important of these is, of course:
What’s this going to do to my horoscope?