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]
aggressively reads your readmores to make sure you’re okay
aggressively doesn’t know what to do when you’re not okay
As a shining example of why I hate this place, an excerpt from the email my boss sent notifying us that we could leave early today:
So, today, I will just close the office at 4 pm for Leah to leave, while everyone else may leave at 3:00 pm
Because my boss thinks the other two coworkers who were here today come to work an hour before me. Except, you know, one showed up at the same time as me and the other waltzed in two hours later. So fuck this.
the completed plus size clothing bingo card.
My boss usually lets us go a little early before holiday weekends, and she is INSISTENT that I leave early today so I can leave for Cleveland (where the fam’ is) tonight even though I was planning on leaving tomorrow morning. That’s very kind of her, but I’m still leaving in the morning. She’s just giving me time to watch a few more episodes of Bob’s Burgers on Netflix tonight. Thanks!!!
SCIENCE BOOPED HIS NOSE
JERSEY BOYS (2014) MOVIE TRAILER
If your post of a cool thing does not include a link of where to buy the cool thing, IT IS USELESS TO ME.