From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 08:02:56 -0500 Archived: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 08:02:56 -0500 Subject: Hot On Trail Of 'Just Right' Far-Off Planet Source: NYTimes.Com http://tinyurl.com/7n4z2l5 December 2, 2011 Hot On Trail Of 'Just Right' Far-Off Planet By Dennis Overbye At least four times in the last few years, astronomers have announced they have found planets orbiting other stars in the sweet spot known as the habitable zone - not too hot, not too cold - where water and thus perhaps life are possible. In short, a so-called Goldilocks planet fit to be inhabited by the biochemical likes of us. None of these claims are without controversy, but astronomers who are making discoveries with NASA's Kepler spacecraft are meeting next week in California to review the first two years of their quest, which seems tantalizingly close to hitting pay dirt. "Sooner or later, Kepler will find a lukewarm planet with a size making it probably Earthlike," said Geoffrey Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley, who spends his time tracking down candidates identified by Kepler. "We're no more than a year away" from such a discovery, he said. Sara Seager, a planetary astronomer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, put it this way: "We are on the verge of being those people who will be remembered." [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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